Lazio, Paladino Get Money Boost in Gov Race

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    Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate for Governor, reported he had 23.6 million in his campaign war chest. His Republican opponent, Rick Lazio, has raised a mere $688, 821.

    Days before Tuesday's primary, Republican Carl Paladino has pumped $656,000 of his own money into his campaign and Rick Lazio attracted $79,500 from two New York City donors.

    State records show Paladino, a millionaire developer, wrote a $532,500 check on Sept. 2 and a $117,500 check on Tuesday. He picked up another $7,000 in contributions from a construction company and two private donors since Aug. 31. His latest full financial disclosure report showed he was $500 in the red on Sept. 3.

    Lazio, the party designee, on Wednesday attracted a $51,000 check from Gordon M. Singer, a longtime Republican donor; and $25,000 from hedge fund manager Julian Robertson Jr. Securities analyst Brian Gardner also contributed $3,500 this week.

    Lazio had $500,000 on hand as of Sept. 3.