Gianaris Campaign Funding

THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW?  On Saturday, February 23, 2019,   Senator Gianaris was a speaker at the “Town Hall for Democracy,”     “where elected officials from our Federal, State, and City government will speak to the opportunities we have to get big money out of politics.”     On Monday, February 25, 2019 a private fundraiser was held for him in Manhattan by Albany lobbyists,   Dickinson Avella Vidal  .

THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW? On Saturday, February 23, 2019, Senator Gianaris was a speaker at the “Town Hall for Democracy,” “where elected officials from our Federal, State, and City government will speak to the opportunities we have to get big money out of politics.” On Monday, February 25, 2019 a private fundraiser was held for him in Manhattan by Albany lobbyists, Dickinson Avella Vidal.

Campaign finance is another area where Senator Michael Gianaris’ rhetoric doesn’t meet reality.

Despite recent posturing, such as pledging to stop taking real estate money, and introducing legislation to reduce the amount that can be given to state candidates, Senator Gianaris is a big money politician, with big money.

According to campaign finance records, Senator Michael Gianaris raised $5,889,500.69 between January 1, 2000 and March 1, 2019. Only about 2% of that came from individuals who donated less than $175. The average percentage of small donor contributions for New York State politicians is more than twice that - about 5%.

As of January 2019, Senator Gianaris has $2,538,142.41 in campaign funds.

Senator Gianaris’ proposal to change the rules - without offering to give up funds raised under the old rules - would have the clear effect of favoring incumbents such as himself who are sitting on hordes of campaign cash, over challengers seeking accountability.


Only about 2% of Senator Gianaris’ campaign funds come from small donors. That New York State average is more than twice that - 5%.

Only about 2% of Senator Gianaris’ campaign funds come from small donors. That New York State average is more than twice that - 5%.


Michael Gianaris Campaign Finance Records

Please feel free to take a close look at the records below and email defeatgianaris@gmail.com if you find anything interesting.

Friends of Mike Gianaris 01-JAN-00 to 01-MAR-19 
This is Senator Gianaris’ State Senate campaign fund, for which $2,993,500.71 has been raised. As of January 2019, it has $210,910.90 in assets.

New Yorkers for Gianaris 01-JAN-00 to 01-MAR-19
This is Senator Gianaris’ current fund for running for statewide office, for which $2,798,842.79 has been raised. As of January 2019, it has $2,327,231.51 in assets. For more on this account, read “Fundraising Chair for Flailing State Senate Dems Accrued Cash in His Own Statewide Account.” Claudine Revere, who gave $1 million to Trump’s inauguration - gave $65,000 to New Yorkers for Gianaris

Gianaris for New York 01-JAN-00 to 01-MAR-19
This appears to have been an account for running for city office, for which a total of $97,157.19 was raised. It was closed on July 21, 2009.