The Conservative Party of New York recently selected its 2018 designated candidates for statewide office, mirroring the Republican Party with its choices of Marc Molinaro, Julie Killian, Keith Wofford and Jonathan Trichter for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller, respectively.
There was no debate and virtually no dissent as the Conservative Party selected three Republicans and a Democrat, with a bellowed “no!” to the nomination of Killian the only sign of disagreement from the 50 state committee members.
Republican and Conservative mayoral nominee Nicole Malliotakis achieved a significant campaign milestone today, being awarded $1,518,092 in matching funds by the Campaign Finance Board. Malliotakis reported having just $162,000 on hand as of September 18th, so this funding increases her cash on hand nearly ten fold. It also places her campaign’s current financial condition reasonably close to that of Mayor de Blasio, who has an estimated balance (also calculated with his September 18th reported balance and matching funds awarded today) of $2.4 million.
Intended to “level the playing field” for candidates facing fundraising difficulties, the City’s program provides a 6-1 match for contributions of up to $175 from City residents. It also restricts the amount that candidates who opt to participate in the program may raise and spend, while setting thresholds of the number and total amount of contributions that candidates must meet to be eligible to receive matching funds. Malliotakis just met those thresholds in her September 18th filing, so this is the first time she’s received any matching funds.
There’s some irony in the great boost Malliotakis’ campaign received from the award of matching funds, however. Malliotakis has voiced opposition to the City’s program, calling it an irresponsible use of taxpayer money, and voted against a bill that would have established a state matching program with a similar 6-1 match. Malliotakis termed that proposal “a completely disgraceful use of taxpayer money.” Continue reading Malliotakis Matching Money→
This afternoon, as he made his way to an outdoor post-debate press conference in support of mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, Rudy Giuliani spotted a would-be jaywalker and sprang into action. The would-be jaywalker happened to be the chairman of the New York State Conservative Party. All with a smile. But with this as background.
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