Adams and Garcia lead in money race during closing days of NYC mayoral primary

Ex-Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia netted more donations than the rest of the crowded field in the Democratic mayoral primary during the most recent fundraising period, new figures filed with the Campaign Finance Board late Friday reveal.

Meanwhile, front runner Eric Adams put his campaign war chest to work, spending $5.9 million over the same three-week period — that’s nearly twice as much as any rival campaign.

The new filings, published by the city’s Campaign Finance Board, provide crucial new insights into the hotly contested June 22 race as the primary enters its closing days — with New Yorkers heading to the polls beginning this Saturday for early voting.

All told, the eight Democrats running to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is termed-out under city law, have spent more than $53 million on their mayoral campaigns, an analysis by The Post shows.

That figure does not include millions flowing into outside groups that can boost candidates provided those organizations do not coordinate with the their campaigns.

Eric Adams attends a rally of workers from TWU Local 100 at Brooklyn's Fillmore Bus Depot about the rise in assaults against transit workers.
Eric Adams attends a rally of workers from TWU Local 100 at Brooklyn’s Fillmore Bus Depot about the rise in assaults against transit workers.
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When it comes to fundraising, Garcia bested the field by netting $711,000 in new donations over the most recent fundraising period, which ran from May 18 to June 7.

That’s slightly more than the $658,000 haul reported by Adams, the long-serving Brooklyn borough president.

The filings confirm claims made earlier this week by Garcia’s campaign that raised more during those three weeks than they did during the previous two months.

The new money may enable her to qualify for another $2 million from the city’s generous matching program for candidates, if the CFB certifies the totals.

That would bring the wannabe first-time politician’s total fundraising from public and private sources to at least $8.4 million.

Meanwhile, the nearly $6 million spent by Adams’ campaign over those three weeks is nearly twice as much as the $3.4 million in spending reported by another top rival, Andrew Yang. The tech-entrepreneur raised $437,000.

Andrew Yang spent half as much as Eric Adams in recent numbers.
Andrew Yang spent half as much as Eric Adams in recent numbers.
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All told, Adams has spent $9.4 million on the race so far — bringing him up to the edge of the CFB’s nearly $11 million cap on campaign expenditures.

The fourth candidate in the race’s top tier, Maya Wiley, still trailed in fundraising even as she netted key endorsements like the Working Families Party and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens/The Bronx).

Wiley, a former top adviser to de Blasio, raised $286,000 over the three-week period, while her campaign spent $2.4 million.

Data initially uploaded to the CFB showed Wiley’s campaign in the red, but a spokesman said that number was the result of a computer glitch and that they have $440,000 on hand — and expect another $1 million in matching funds.

Former Wall Street executive Ray McGuire — who opted out of the public financing system and previously led in fundraising — has loaned his campaign $2 million so far, as he reported just $209,000 in new private donations over the three-week period.

All told, he’s spent $11.9 million on his campaign so far, which has remained mired in the mid-single digits in every recent poll.

Shaun Donovan’s campaign has also seen its polling struggles show up in its fundraising totals, bringing in just $99,000.

Scott Stringer raised under $50,000 in the recent period.
Scott Stringer raised under $50,000 in the recent period.
Robert Miller

Things were even worse for city Comptroller Scott Stringer, who was once a member of the race’s top tier before being hit with two separate claims of groping and sexually harassing women. He raised just $47,000.

And Dianne Morales — the hard-left candidate who once captured the imagination and support of many progressive activists only to see her campaign implode as her staff launched a unionizing effort amid complaints of mistreatment and abuse — raised even less, bringing in just $31,000.

Metro | New York Post

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