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May 18, 2009

The money primary: looking at fundraising in the 33rd, 35th, 36th, 39th, and 41st District Council races

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder follows the money.

A round of financial reports to the New York City Campaign Finance Board arrived Friday, and help provide perspective on which candidates proceed from a position of strength.

I look at the three districts that touch on Atlantic Yards (33, 35, 39), as well as two nearby districts (36, 41) where the incumbents have supported the project.

Fundraising is only one indication; institutional support, such as endorsements from unions, political clubs, and other organizations that can supply volunteers, can be key. A candidate's policies, doggedness, and media savvy surely play significant roles, as can a newspaper endorsement.

But the candidates with the most money can afford advertising to get the word out, as well as staff and consultants. And, with multi-candidate Democratic primary races--the election is September 15--a candidate with a mere plurality can win.

Who’s ahead?

For the answer, you'll have to click through.

Posted by eric at May 18, 2009 9:39 AM