By Tom Precious
ALBANY – For cynics who think politicians are stingy with their campaign money, this is an item sure to warm the heart.
Intent on keeping control of the state Senate, Republican incumbents –- running in safe seats -- have pumped $540,000 in the last two weeks into the Senate Republican Campaign Committee account to spread around to close races.
Intent on gaining control of the Senate, meanwhile, Democratic incumbents -– also running in safe seats –- and a few other non-incumbents have donated $459,000 to the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee to try to help win close races.
Among the big donors from Senate Republicans are Catharine Young, an Olean Republican, who has no opponent, and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Long Island Republican. They both gave $50,000 apiece to the Senate GOP campaign arm.
On the Democratic side, Sen. Mike Gianaris, the Queens Democrat who heads the central Senate Democratic fundraising group, gave $100,000, while Sen. Tim Kennedy, the South Buffalo Democrat who narrowly won his September primary bid, donated $25,000.