Crunching The Numbers: Who’s Making Bank In The Comptroller’s Race?


The race for NYC’s subsequent comptroller — town’s official cash supervisor and auditor — is underway, and early campaigning has helped metropolis councilmember Brad Lander out-raise his rivals thus far, giving him an edge towards succeeding outgoing comptroller Scott Stringer (who’s now working for Mayor).

The town’s Marketing campaign Finance Board’s web site reveals the legislator for Brooklyn’s thirty ninth Council District as having raised greater than $3 million, an quantity that grew exponentially due to town’s 8-to-1 matching program. Technically, Lander—who introduced a run for comptroller in 2019—has raised $779,853 in marketing campaign contributions during which $442,752 certified him for the taxpayer-funded program’s match. Lander boasts his funds weren’t obtained from the actual property business.

Whereas Lander stays the highest fundraiser, Harlem state senator Brian Benjamin is available in at a distant second in fundraising, having raised $1.6 million due to the CFB program, which matched $202,154 of the $703,696 he is cobbled.

Benjamin’s standing might be compromised by Queens assemblymember David Weprin, who introduced a run for workplace in December. Figures present he is raised $454,937 with $209,159 of these monies qualifying to be matched. That cost will not be transferred to Weprin’s account till subsequent month.

Throwing a wrench into the race is entrepreneur Zachary Iscol, who introduced a run for Comptroller instantly after dropping out of the mayor’s race on Tuesday. Marketing campaign information present Iscol transferred $746,190 in marketing campaign contributions he raised for the mayoral race. Of that complete haul, $229,733 of it qualifies to be matched. Like Weprin, the 8-to-1 matching determine will not mirror in Iscol’s account till subsequent month.

Under, a graph breaks down how the remainder of the candidates are faring thus far:

Not like within the mayor’s race, the place the Higher West Aspect and Higher East Aspect served because the epicenter of the candidate’s coffers, the supply of a candidate’s funds for this race is widespread. ZIP code information reveals Benjamin choosing up probably the most donations from throughout town. The focus of Lander’s donations is in west Brooklyn, particularly in his Council district, because the map beneath reveals:

With the 8-to-1 matching program, here is a graph exhibiting precisely how a lot every of the candidates at the moment have within the marketing campaign kitty when making use of this system to their privately raised funds:

On the subject of who’s donating, it seems these employed within the authorized world have been very beneficiant to Benjamin and Weprin’s coffers, racking a complete of $61,358 and $48,133 apiece from individuals who’ve recognized as attorneys. Simply what sort of legislation these donors are training stays unclear.

These with the title of CEO have been pleasant to Iscol, having collected $36,961, probably the most than some other candidate.

The interactive graph beneath helps you monitor simply the place the candidates are getting their cash by career:

Giant donations have helped candidates like chief authorized and chief compliance officer Terri Liftin, who, whereas elevating the least sum of money, has secured the very best proportion of enormous contributions. Even so, Liftin has raised $25,575.

However with small donors and the matching funds program, Lander comes out on high, with 19% of his donors contributing anyplace between $1 to $100. Underneath this system, funds between $1 to $250 depend in direction of this system as long as the candidate secures 75 donors from New York Metropolis registered voters and never political motion committees. Rosenthal trails behind Lander, with 13% of her donors additionally contributing between $1 and $100.

Under is one other interactive graph breaking down the scale for every candidate.

Lastly, the graph beneath reveals how a lot cash New York Metropolis residents have pumped into the race, which might be interpreted as an indication of a person candidate’s help from New Yorkers and potential voters. Because the graph reveals, Weprin, Lander, and Brooklyn state senator Kevin Parker have loads of cash coming from bonafide New Yorkers (at the least these with New York addresses). Iscol and Liftin are largely benefitting from these unable to solid a vote within the race:

The first for Comptroller is scheduled for June twenty second, 2021.