2012-08-24 / Top Stories

Fundraising Still No Contest

Ulrich Has Raised Nearly $300K More Than Addabbo
By Nicholas Briano


Eric Ulrich (left) has raised $300,000 more than the Democratic incumbent Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (right) in the race for State Senate thanks to a large contribution from the State Republican Committee. Eric Ulrich (left) has raised $300,000 more than the Democratic incumbent Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (right) in the race for State Senate thanks to a large contribution from the State Republican Committee. Once the Republican primary ends and assuming the favorite for the party nomination, Eric Ulrich, goes on to face incumbent Joseph P. Addabbbo Jr., he will have a major funding advantage.

Reports filed with the New York State Board of Elections show that Ulrich has raised nearly three times more than Addabbo in the race for the newly drawn 15th New York State Senate District.

To date, 2012 fundraising totals for Ulrich top $480,000 compared to Addabbo’s $183,000. This gap can be attributed to a lack of fundraising by Addabbo who didn’t anticipate a run by Ulrich. Many were surprised to hear him announce his candidacy after showing little interest in the opportunity during the prior months. At the time of Ulrich’s April announcement, Addabbo had little more than $1,600 of campaign cash on hand for his reelection. Ulrich, since then, has quickly raised a lot of money, giving him the edge come November. That money can be spent on campaigns that would increase voter outreach in an effort to persuade Dem- ocratic presidential voters in the area to switch tickets when it comes to the local race for State Senate.

Ulrich’s largest contribution, comprising more than half of his total fundraising, came in the amount of $250,000 from the New York State Republican Committee which, along with majority leader Dean Skelos, has placed its support behind Ulrich. The remaining funds raised by Ulrich came from a total of 224 private and corporate donors.

Addabbo, on the other hand, has received no contribution close to that amount from the cash strapped Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Most of his donations have come by way of endorsements and small to moderate private contributions from a total of 270 donors.

Ulrich really has nothing to lose and should he lose the race to Addabbo in November, he can run for an additional City Council term in 2013 and roll over most of his unused campaign funds to his City Council candidacy.

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