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Cuomo turns to sweepstakes to raise dollars

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- Andrew Cuomo 2014 Inc., the governor's re-election campaign account, didn't reach the $28 million level with tiny, little donations.

Expect that to change when the governor files his next report in January, thanks to the Piano Man.

Team Cuomo 2014 is raffling off for $5 per ticket the chance to sit in the front row of Manhattan's Roseland Ballroom when Billy Joel plays at Cuomo's Dec. 3 birthday party/campaign fundraiser. "Are you a Billy Joel fan? Of course, you are!'' reads the invite. Give $5 and you are "automatically entered in a sweepstakes'' for the seats, it adds.

"With a contribution of $50 you will automatically receive 10 entries into the sweepstakes,'' it further proclaims.

And if you act in the next one hour ... oh, wait, that's an infomercial.

It's uncertain how many chances a "rock star" gets. That's the level you reach if you donate $50,000 to Cuomo's campaign for the event. Those giving $1,000 will be called "supporters,'' but an online payment form notes there are "limited quantities'' of those tickets available.

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Robert J. McCarthy

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