ALBANY -- If Carl Paladino is worried about the polls showing him trailing badly to Andrew Cuomo, they are not keeping him from opening his wallet.
The Buffalo businessman today gave his gubernatorial campaign $1.7 million to help fund a last-minute media blitz before the November 2 elections. The filing was among the money rush flooding into candidates across the state that are now required, by law, to be made public with the state elections board if they top $1,000 per donation.
The latest donation by Paladino to his campaign comes after he reported last Friday giving $330,000 to himself. Other Paladino donations made today include $2,500 from Dennis Vacco, the former state attorney general from Erie County.
Cuomo, as of this afternoon, hasn't filed a so-called "24-hour notice'' report since October 19, reporting about $133,000 raised on that one day, including $24,000 from Robert Devlin, a wealthy private equity executive from Manhattan.
-- Tom Precious