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The IDC today announced that it has $2,835,000 on hand between it's four members and the IDC PAC.

The Independent Democratic Conference had a rough end of session this year with progressive advocates blaming them for the failure of the 10-point women's agenda and campaign finance reform.

Some advocates indicated that they are prepared to primary the group. IDC head Sen. Jeff Klein is known as a prolific fundraiser and has the biggest haul, his colleagues lag behind him but Klein and the PAC could bolster any member should a challenger arise.

The IDC actually tried to win seats for itself in the last election cycle by unseating longtime Albany Sen. Neil Breslin but the effort failed.

Here are the totals from the IDC's press release:

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Over 80 percent of the cash Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised this election cycle came from donors who gave $10,000 or more according to an analysis by New York Public Interest Group's Bill Mahoney. Only .89 percent came from those giving $1,000 or less.

Cuomo has raised $6.2 million in the past six months--giving him a total horde of $27.8 million for his relection campaign next year.

The news of Cuomo's successful fundraising and Mahoney's analysis comes as Cuomo has pledged that he is committeed to reforming the state's campaign finance system and has called a Moreland Commission to look into problems with campaign finance at the state Board of Elections.

Here is a list from Mahoney of those who gave Cuomo $40,000 or more in this election cycle:

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Spitzer Collects 27,000 Signatures

Eliot Spitzer filed 27,000 petition signatures with the Board of Election last night in his bid to get on the Democratic line for New York City Comptroller. Spitzer announced his run with only 4 days left to file signatures. His opponent, should at least 3,750 of his signagutes stand up to scrutiny, Scott Stringer filed 100,000 signatures. Stringer's camp and allies areexpected to mount challenges to some of the signatures. Spitzer's campaign paid some signature seekers $800 a day leading up to the Thursday deadline. Experts think Spitzer will make for interesting news for quite some time to come.

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Cuomo's Moreland Commission Meets Behind Closed Doors (Albany Times Union)

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Down to the Wire For Spitzer

Eliot Spitzer has until midnight tonight to file 3,750 signatures to get on the ballot to run for comptroller as a Democrat. Spitzer is reportedly paying canvassers $800 a day in an attempt to hit the magic number. Spitzer's opponent Scott Stringer has already filed 100,000 signatures and his supporters will likely challenge a number of Spitzer's signatures. A new Wall Street Journal Poll gave the Spitzer campaign a boost--it shows that Spitzer leads Stringer 42 to 33 percent in the Democratic primary.

Spitzer in Albany: Good at Making Enemies

Eliot Spitzer made a lot of enemies in Albany with his agressive, uncompromising style. Experts say Spitzer could give the next mayor even bigger headaches and Wall Street should watch out too. “I pity whoever is the next mayor because, with the powers of comptroller, this guy is going to be on the mayor’s case on a daily basis,” Baruch College political science professor Doug Muzzio said in an interview this week. “This office is a stepping stone and he’s gotta step on the mayor.”

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Eliot Spitzer has thrown himself into a last-minute bid for comptroller leaving himself very little room for error in collecting — by midnight Thursday — the 3,750 signatures he needs to get on the ballot.

Albany insiders who dealt with the former governor during his time there say the move is 100 percent indicative of the conflict loving adrenaline junky they worked and negotiated with for years.

Associates of Spitzer have said he had been mulling a run for months, but made the final decision this past weekend.

Those familiar with Spitzer from his time in Albany say he may have incorrectly read the tea leaves of Anthony Weiner's success in the polls and decided the time was right to challenge himself — while leaving organizing a campaign staff to the last minute.

They say the move is similar to the way he jumped from the attorney general's office to the governorship where he tried to apply the same hardcharging techniques with horrible results. In some ways, the attorney general is a dream job: It calls for taking bad guys to court and putting out press releases. It's far different from dealing with the messy politics of the state Legislature.

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