We've all heard stories about Liu's uncanny knack for raising prodigious amounts of money for his campaigns, but his latest filing for his bid to unseat State Senate candidate Tony Avella is kind of ridiculous.
Liu announced last week that he raised over $500,000 from 1,775 contributors and had $444,370.71 in cash on hand, more than five times his opponent. That's a pretty staggering number, and would be pretty good numbers for a district five times the size of the State Senate district is he running in.
Of course, Avella couldn't let the announcement go without comment, which is exactly what we were hoping for in this race, which so far hasn't failed to disappoint. Avella challenged Liu to use the money to pay back over $500,000 in fines levied against Liu over poster violations from a past campaign. Liu is challenging the fines, but Avella had this to say anyway:
“With his latest fundraising numbers to show, John Liu has no more deadbeat excuses left to pay back the City the money he owes,” the Avella campaign charged. “New Yorkers have waited patiently enough. It's high time John Liu pays his fines before funding his own political ambitions."
The Queens County Democratic Party is standing pretty solidly behind Liu, and recently congress members Joseph Crowley, Grace Meng and Gregory Meeks all announced they would be supporting the former councilman and comptroller.
But Avella was able to prevent Liu from pulling a full coup of the area's congressional representatives. A portion of the State Senate district overlaps with Congressman Steve Israel's district, and last week he announced that he would be supporting Avella.
For his part, Liu announced that he was also endorsed by the National Organization for Women Brooklyn-Queens Chapter Political Action Committee, in addition to the long list of unions that are supporting him.