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Fundraising for Suozzi, Haber drops

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 1:36 pm

Democratic Nassau County executive candidates Tom Suozzi (Glen Cove) and Adam Haber (Roslyn) both saw significant declines fundraising in July and early August, ahead of the upcoming Sept. 10 primary.

Suozzi, the former county executive seeking to reclaim the post in a November rematch with County Executive Edward Mangano, took in $100,000 from July 12 through Aug. 5, compared to $1.55 million in the previous six month reporting period, according to state campaign filings. 

Haber, a Roslyn school board member and businessman running an primary campaign against Suozzi, received $4,180, after boosting his campaign with a $1 million personal loan during the previous six months.

Suozzi spent $319,000 and Haber spent $206,000 during the most recent filing period, leaving the candidates with $2 million and $2.4 million cash-on-hand respectively. 

Mangano did not have to report his numbers in the August pre-primary report, as he has no Republican challenger for the nomination. Former Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick, who announced earlier this month that he will be seeking the executive’s seat in a third-party bid, has not had to report his finance numbers so far.

Among Suozzi’s contributions were $5,000 from local affiliates of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. Suozzi took in $15,300 from corporations, $17,800 from limited liability companies and unions and $62,000 from individuals, according to his campaign filing.

Haber received $3,880 from individual contributors and make a $300 in kind contribution to his own campaign. Haber’s campaign, launched against the wishes of Nassau Democratic Party Leader Jay Jacobs, has thus far been largely self funded - Haber has loaned his campaign $3 million so far, according to filings.

Though their fundraising numbers took a hit, both campaigns stayed active in spending on political consulting. 

Suozzi spent $234,000 with Mundy Katowitz Media, a Democrat-friendly media buying firm that did work for the major pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action in 2012 and has offices in Washington, D.C. and Roslyn.

Haber paid $174,000 to Red Horse Strategies, a Brooklyn-based political strategy firm staffed by a number of New York political veterans. The campaign also spent over $9.000 with strategic consulting firm Darrison Barrett & Associates.

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