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Independent Democratic Conference: A sharing group

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- The latest campaign filing report shows the Independent Democratic Conference equally shared its fundraising revenues with its four members. (Well, presumably, that will mean in the future they will have to share things five ways with today's news that Queens Sen. Malcolm Smith's is joining the group.)

The IDC raised $33,000 over the past few weeks since the November election (none of its members faced any real competition on election day); most of that came from a Long Island cable television company, but the IDC also got money from the state AFL-CIO and a gambling industry trade group.

The IDC spent $41,215 during November -- all of it except $15 went in equal amounts of $10,300 apiece to the Senate campaign accounts of the group's four members: senators Jeff Klein, Diane Savino, David Carlucci and David Valesky. The IDC still has $345,000 in the bank. In his most recent filing this week with the state elections board, Klein, the group's leader, reported a balance of $884,000 in his individual Senate campaign account.

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Robert J. McCarthy

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A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

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