Eliot Spitzer spent $3.6 million on own City Comptroller campaign

Eliot Spitzer greeted voters in Union Square the day after announcing his candidacy for City Comptroller.  Credit: Bess Adler/Metro
Eliot Spitzer greeted voters in Union Square the day after announcing his candidacy for City Comptroller.
Credit: Bess Adler/Metro

Former governor and City Comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer has spent $3.65 million on his own campaign,  according to campaign finance disclosures released Saturday.

Spitzer, who launched a comeback bid July 7 more than five years after resigning amid a prostitution scandal, spent $2.6 million in the last month alone.

More than $271,000 of Spitzer’s cash went toward paying petitioners to get enough signatures to put him on the ballot. In four days, 27,000 signatures were collected.

Financial disclosures show Spitzer has also already spent over $2 million on television ads.

Spitzer’s main competition in the Democratic primary, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, raised $308,000 in the same time period, from July 12 to Aug. 5. Stringer still has $4.47 million to spend on the campaign.

While Stringer is participating in the Campaign Finance Board’s fund-matching program, Spitzer is not. His campaign spokesman said Spitzer “needed to” run an independent campaign.

“Unlike Mr. Stringer, Eliot is not a career politician with the power and money of the political and financial establishment propping up his campaign,” Hari Sevugan said in a statement.

Stringer’s spokeswoman said Spitzer spent more money per day getting his name on than what the average voter makes in a year. (The average annual salary for New Yorkers is between $40,000 and $128,000, depending on the borough. Divided evenly over 27 days, Spitzer spent some $91,000 per day.)

“The old Eliot supported eradicating big money from politics, but quickly abandoned these principles when they were no longer convenient for him,” Stringer spokeswoman Audrey Gelman said in statement.

Though Stringer is still behind Spitzer in the latest polls, in snap survey after the pair debated Friday, 58 percent of New York Daily News readers said they believed Stringer won.

Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders


Dogs are capable of feeling jealousy - U.S.…

By Curtis Skinner(Reuters) - Dogs are a man's best friend, and research released on Wednesday says canines want to keep it that way.Dogs are capable…


G train riders brace for five-week shutdown

G train service will be suspended between Brooklyn and Queens between Friday, July 25, and Tuesday, Sept. 2.


Peaches Geldof's death was drugs-related, coroner rules

LONDON (Reuters) - The death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, was drugs-related, a coroner ruled on Wednesday.The…


Family, supporters gather in Brooklyn for Eric Garner…

Family members gathered on Wednesday for the funeral of Eric Garner, who died shortly after police put him in a banned chokehold as they arrested him.

Going Out

5 must-try dishes at Edible Manhattan's Good Beer

Rooting out the exotic amid the New York City bar scene is noble quest. But if you’d like to have it all come to you,…


Art imitates life (almost) in David Shapiro's new…

David Shapiro talks about his book, "You're Not Much Use To Anyone."


Dakota Fanning's indie growing pains on 'Very Good…

Dakota Fanning on her latest "Very Good Girls."


Britney Spears launches new lingerie line and fans…

Women everywhere can say that they are not that innocent when Britney Spears launches her new lingerie and loungewear line. “Every woman should feel confident…


Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.


Brandon McCarthy finds his calling on Twitter

Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy joined Twitter three year ago for the same reason many people do: to get news quickly.


NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…


Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running…

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running game a boost


Recharge with a post-workout smoothie from Nicky Hilton

Some people can roll out of bed right as their alarm goes off. And that alarm isn’t set for 20 minutes before they have to…


Colleges are increasingly embracing the concept of gender-neutral…

  Northwestern University recently made headlines after announcing that it would be installing two gender-neutral bathrooms in the university's student center. “These are two gender-open…


How to prepare to interview for your dream…

    Congratulations! You landed a job interview at your dream company! A lot of hard work has gone into determining which companies to apply…


The shirtdress is a summer must-have

  We love throwing on our boyfriend’s shirt and a pair of jeans (no matter how much he grumbles that it’s his turn to wear the…