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Grisanti gets endorsements, money help

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Republican State Sen. Mark Grisanti (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -– Buffalo Republican Sen. Mark Grisanti this morning picked up two endorsements, neither a surprise, in his re-election bid.

The Business Council of New York State, which traditionally backs incumbents and has shown little interest in seeing the Republicans lose control of the Senate, said it is backing the freshman Republican because of his “pro-growth initiatives.’’

The New York League of Conservation Voters, which interestingly put out its Grisanti endorsement in the same release with the Business Council, cited some of the senator’s positions on environmental matters for its backing. Grisanti is chairman of the Senate environmental conservation committee.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported this morning that several groups are spending money on candidates they believe might be willing to support changes to the state’s incumbent-friendly campaign finance system. While Grisanti has not led any effort to amend the finance laws, Protect our Democracy plans on spending $100,000 on television ads in the Buffalo area on behalf of Grisanti. The group is funded by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and his husband, Sean Eldridge.

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