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Anthony Weiner has raised $829,000 since he declared his campaign for mayor. Taxi drivers and dispatch employees gave him over $12,000 the day he announced his opposition to Bloomberg's outer borough taxi plan. Christine Quinn’s mayoral campaign has the most cash on hand -- nearly $6 million, compared to $4.8 million for Weiner. Mayoral candidate Joe Lhota pulled in $516,000 between May and July but spent $732,000. Scott Stringer raised $110,000 in the four days following Eliot Spitzer's announcement that he was challenging Stringer in the comptroller race. That number is more than Stringer raised in nearly a year of fundraising before. In state election news, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver spent $115,000 in campaign funds during the past six months to pay legal bills stemming from his involvement in the Vito Lopez harassment scandal. And 80 percent of the cash Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised this election cycle came from donors who gave $10,000 or more. Meanwhile, the senate's Independent Democratic Conference announced that it has $2,835,000 on hand.

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Continuing his comeback to the public realm, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer released an ebook with advice on life to coincide with his campaign for city comptroller.

In the $9.99 book, titled "Protecting Capitalism Case By Case," he warns against hubris. "Our sense of self-importance is not only grossly overrated but can generate a dangerous arrogance in decision-making that often ends poorly," he writes.

Spitzer, who resigned as governor amidst a prostitution scandal in 2008, hit on that theme during an appearance on Jay Leno on Friday. "People who fall prey to hubris, end up falling themselves," Spitzer told Leno. "And this is something that I think infected me."

The New York Times looks at the reaction from Spitzer's opponent for the Democratic nomination, Scott Stringer, who had been expected to win the race easily until the former governor got into the election.

Members of the business community and others continued to cringe at the idea of Spitzer becoming comptroller and the equally scandal tarnished Anthony Weiner becoming mayor. "The prospect of two men with outsize egos and reputations as political wrecking balls running the city is perhaps an even greater concern," reports Andrew J. Hawkins of Crain's New York Business.

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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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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's entry into the city comptroller race continues to reap headlines. To meet the tight petitioning deadline he's left himself, the scandal scarred ex-governor is paying canvassers $800 a day each. He needs 3,750 registered Democrats to sign by tomorrow at midnight. Some say his pitch to aggressively retool the position will remind voters of his "steamroller" image. Others point out that the office already wields significant policy powers. His stance against public financing seems to have shifted, or was at least the victim of a frenzied campaign that left him disorganized. He spent a lot of time during political exile in real estate, which brought him quite a bit of wealth.

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