New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is about to inject a major shot of campaign cash into Mark J. Grisanti’s treasury as the Buffalo Republican heads toward the finish line of one of the most expensive State Senate races in local history.
Bloomberg will host his second fundraising event in the last year for Grisanti – this time in his private Manhattan home. Grisanti was one of four Republican senators to break ranks with their conference in 2011 and support same-sex marriage, and the issue ranks as a major Bloomberg priority,
While Bloomberg included the three other GOP senators for an event in Manhattan’s Union League Club almost exactly a year ago, the Monday affair will benefit only Grisanti, according to spokesman Douglas J. Curella. It will be held in conjunction with the New York League of Conservation Voters, which has endorsed the senator for re-election against Democrat Michael L. Amodeo and Conservative candidate Charles M. Swanick, Curella added.
The spokesman said he did not know how much patrons of the fundraiser will donate to attend. But another GOP source close to Grisanti said tickets will range from $500 to $5,000, which could bring in $30,000 to $40,000 from the affair.
Bloomberg’s 2011 event came as Grisanti reported only about $72,000 in his campaign account. But after the Union League Club fundraiser, his treasury swelled by about another $250,000.
The Buffalo News reported in 2011 that much of that figure stemmed from the Union League event attended by groups supporting same-sex marriage.
Grisanti’s last campaign finance report to the state Board of Elections indicated he had about $50,000 on hand after the primary campaign. Swanick, Grisanti’s Conservative opponent, estimated Tuesday his opponent will spend $1 million on the race.
Amodeo reported about $8,000 on hand; Swanick has about $13,000 on hand.