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Nearly 80 percent of Cuomo donations top $10,000 apiece

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is relying on deep pocket corporations, unions and individuals to fill his 2014 campaign account, a new report shows.

The New York Public Interest Research Group reported this afternoon that 79 percent of the money raised by Cuomo since he took office has come from entities and individuals who have given him $10,000 or more apiece. At least 142 corporations, unions or individuals have donated at least $40,000 apiece and seven contributed between $100,000 and $500,000.

The governor, who has recently started a push for taxpayer funding for campaigns and lower contribution limits, reported Tuesday that his campaign account has more than $22 million in it.


NYPIRG said just 1 percent of Cuomo’s donors were those giving $1,000 or less. One of the newest members of Cuomo’s big donor club is Buffalo’s Steve Pigeon, the former Erie County Democratic Party chairman; he gave Cuomo’s $50,000 last week, presumably at the governor’s latest fundraiser -– on his birthday –- last week in Manhattan.

Here is the complete, and long, list of top donors to Cuomo since he took office, courtesy of NYPIRG’s chief number cruncher Bill Mahoney:

HOLDINGS OF LEONARD LITWIN

$500,000.00

EMPIRE MERCHANTS, LLC AND EMPIRE MERCHANTS NORTH, LLC

$121,600.00

ROTH & SONS MANAGEMENT LLC/ ROTH & SONS NEW YORK, LLC

$120,800.00

THE RICHMAN GROUP

$115,000.00

ZUFFA/ ULTIMATE FIGHTING PRODUCTIONS, LLC

$105,000.00

KASOWITZ, BENSON, TORRES & FRIEDMAN LLP

$100,000.00

H.J. KALIKOW & CO LLC

$100,000.00

PEPSI

$97,000.00

CRYSTAL RUN HEALTHCARE LLP

$80,000.00

CABLEVISION

$80,000.00

215 WEST 90TH STREET RETAIL LLC/ 170 WEST 75TH STREET RETAIL LLC/ 235 WEST 102ND STREET RETAIL LLC/ 18 W 72ND STREET RETAIL LLC/ 687 AMSTERDAM AVENUE RETAIL LLC/ 1628 SECOND AVENUE RETAIL LLC

$70,000.00

SL GREEN MANAGEMENT LLC

$69,843.00

EDELMAN, MARTIN

$61,000.00

STEINER, SYLVIA

$60,800.00

TISHMAN SPEYER DEVELOPMENT, LLC

$60,800.00

UNIFORMED FIREFIGHTERS ASSN. FIREPAC - STATE

$60,800.00

WALETZKY, LUCY

$60,800.00

TIME WARNER NY CABLE LLC

$60,800.00

RICH, DAVID

$60,800.00

PATROLMEN'S BENEVOLENT ASS'N OF THE CITY OF NY PAC

$60,800.00

ROVT, ALEXANDER

$60,800.00

NEW YORK ANESTHESIOLOGISTS PAC

$60,800.00

MASON TENDERS DISTRICT COUNCIL OF GREATER NY PAC

$60,800.00

PALMIOTTO, CAROL

$60,800.00

MADDEN, WENDY

$60,800.00

MCDONALD, GEORGE

$60,800.00

HALMAR INTERNATIONAL LLC

$60,800.00

GUND, AGNES

$60,800.00

GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS POLITICAL ACTION COMITTEE

$60,800.00

DAVIDOFF, ANDREW

$60,800.00

EMPIRE DENTAL PAC

$60,800.00

COLE, NEIL

$60,800.00

CURRY IV, R. BOYKIN

$60,800.00

CASTAGNA, FRANK

$60,800.00

BELLUCK, JOSEPH

$60,800.00

BING, STEPHEN

$60,800.00

STATE STREET ASSOCIATES PAC

$60,700.00

CATSIMATIDIS, JOHN

$60,665.46

HYMOWITZ, GREGG

$60,470.77

TSUNIS, GEORGE

$60,000.00

ROTH, STEVEN

$60,000.00

ROVT, OLGA

$60,000.00

RIVERGATE DEVELOPMENT LLC

$60,000.00

SALZHAUER, AMANDA

$60,000.00

SERGEANTS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION

$60,000.00

ROTH, JORDAN

$60,000.00

ROTH, DARYL

$60,000.00

MUGRABI, ALBERTO

$60,000.00

MOTORSPORT POWER LLC

$60,000.00

MANDELBAUM, JONAH

$60,000.00

JACKSON, RICHARD

$60,000.00

DRIVE COMMITTEE POLITICAL FUND

$60,000.00

EMPIRE STATE PRIDE AGENDA PAC

$60,000.00

CONGEL, ROBERT

$60,000.00

DELLA SALLA, ANTHONY

$60,000.00

BAKER, LISA

$60,000.00

CHANOS, JAMES

$60,000.00

APPLEGATE, DONNA

$59,000.00

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES SOJ ACCT LOCAL 2507

$57,500.00

LAUDER, LEONARD

$56,000.00

GURAL, JEFFREY

$56,000.00

INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES

$55,800.00

COBURN, ROBERT

$55,460.33

MOUNTY, JOEL

$55,000.00

MARATHON DEVELOPMENT GROUP LLC

$55,000.00

MEHIEL, DENNIS

$55,000.00

MEDICAL LIABILITY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY PAC

$55,000.00

HAMAMOTO, DAVID

$55,000.00

EMPIRE HEALTH PAC

$55,000.00

BLAVATNIK, LEONARD

$55,000.00

PIGEON, STEVEN

$54,000.00

TONIO BURGOS & ASSOCIATES OF NEW JERSEY, LLC

$53,500.00

COZEN O'CONNOR EMPIRE STATE PAC

$53,500.00

BROOKFIELD FINANCIAL AND THEIR HOLDINGS

$53,500.00

GOSIN, JACKIE

$53,090.25

OSTROFF, RICHARD

$52,854.92

BURGOS, TONIO

$52,500.00

RPAC OF NEW YORK STATE

$51,000.00

MULROY, THOMAS

$51,000.00

STONE, ANDREW

$50,000.00

T-REX CAPITAL, LLC

$50,000.00

VMS LLC

$50,000.00

SIMONS, JAMES

$50,000.00

ROSE, ADAM

$50,000.00

SERQUE LEASING CO. LLC

$50,000.00

REVERE, CLAUDINE

$50,000.00

PHYSICIANS' RECIPROCAL INSURERS

$50,000.00

METROPOLITAN PACKAGE STORE ASSOCIATION POLITICAL A

$50,000.00

MARCUS, GEORGE

$50,000.00

LUTNICK, HOWARD

$50,000.00

MORELLI, ARLENE

$50,000.00

MCGETTIGAN, EDWARD

$50,000.00

JOSEPH, ROBERTA

$50,000.00

KLEIN, GEORGE

$50,000.00

JOSEPH, MICHAEL

$50,000.00

GOSIN, BARRY

$50,000.00

DIMENNA, JOSEPH

$50,000.00

DAVIDOFF, ROXANA

$50,000.00

BRAUFMAN, JILL

$50,000.00

BARNETT, AYALA

$50,000.00

ACCESS INDUSTRIES HOLDINGS LLC

$50,000.00

AIELLO, STEVEN

$50,000.00

ASWAD, LAURA

$50,000.00

CASTAGNA, RITA

$50,000.00

BARTOLOMEI, JOHN

$50,000.00

BARNETT, GARY

$50,000.00

BLAU, JEFF

$50,000.00

ROSEN, ABY

$48,000.00

MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK PAC

$47,806.91

CORCORAN, JAMES

$47,500.00

PETRACCA, LESTER

$46,500.00

WILSON, ELSER, MOSKOWITZ, EDELMAN & DICKER PAC

$45,000.00

SNYDER, JAY

$45,000.00

COURTHOUSE CORPORATE CENTER, LLC

$45,000.00

DOVER KNOLLS DEVELOPMENT CO. II, LLC

$45,000.00

EMPIRE STATE REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS

$45,000.00

RUBENSTEIN, HOWARD

$44,473.31

ASGM PAC

$44,000.00

RECHLER, SCOTT

$43,164.58

GILBERTI, WILLIAM

$41,500.00

YANKEE GLOBAL ENTERPRISES, LLC

$41,100.00

SILVERCUP STUDIOS

$41,000.00

SCHAPS, RICHARD

$41,000.00

LAWPAC OF NEW YORK

$41,000.00

STRICKLER, ELIZABETH

$40,000.00

ZEMSKY, LESLIE

$40,000.00

WILLEN, JOSEPH

$40,000.00

TRGPC INC./ TRGKH INC./ TRGHT, INC./ TRGDHT, INC./ TRGFHT, INC.

$40,000.00

SARATOGA GAMING RESOURCES, LLC

$40,000.00

ROCKEFELLER, LAURANCE

$40,000.00

ROIZMAN, ISRAEL

$40,000.00

MANDELBAUM, DAVID

$40,000.00

NIXON PEABODY, LLP

$40,000.00

MORELLI, BENEDICT

$40,000.00

GREENBLATT, JOEL MICHA

$40,000.00

KEARNEY, KENNETH

$40,000.00

GTECH CORPORATION PAC - NEW YORK

$40,000.00

KPMG LLP

$40,000.00

HAGGERTY, JACQUELINE

$40,000.00

FLAUM, DAVID

$40,000.00

BRANT, PETER

$40,000.00

CITIGROUP INC. PAC

$40,000.00

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