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Good night for Speaker Silver: Sabres lose, Democrats get money

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver quietly slipped into Buffalo Thursday night to catch his New York Rangers defeat the Buffalo Sabres after holding a pre-game fundraiser to add to the surplus in the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee account.
An invite list wasn't available but a Democrat said "the usual suspects'' turned out for "Hockey Night in Buffalo,'' as the evening was billed.
Silver, a serious hockey fan who has had season tickets to the Rangers, typically travels once a year to watch a Rangers and Sabres game in Buffalo - while mixing it in with a chance to raise funds from lobbyists and Western New York companies that do business with the state.
An invitation sent to lobbyists this week offered a 90-minute reception and buffet dinner at the First Niagara Pinnacle Club and 300-level seating for $500 per ticket.
DAAC, the Democratic Assembly committee, has $1.4 million in the bank as of its most recent filing earlier this week with the state elections board.

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