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NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release: [3 pages] Friday, July 22 2011 For more information: Bill Mahoney 518 817-3738

Campaign Data Provides Preliminary Profile of Cuomo Donors


According to disclosures made to the state Board of Elections, 599 unique individuals with New York State addresses made campaign contributions to Governor Cuomo during the 2011 July filing period.1 The names and addresses of 346 (57.8%) of these individuals match those of persons registered to vote. Through an examination of voter registration data, NYPIRG has learned more about the typical donor to Governor Cuomo during this filing period. Partisan Enrollment Although recent polls have shown that the governor has similar popularity ratings among New Yorkers of every political affiliation, it appears that so far Democrats are more willing to donate to his reelection campaign: Partisan Enrollment DEM REP BLK2 IND CON While larger donors are slightly less likely to be enrolled Democrats, partisan affiliation is balanced fairly evenly between donation levels: No. of Donors 68 38 65 27 101 47 Number of Donors 234 67 36 7 2 Pct. of Identified Donors 67.63% 19.36% 10.40% 2.02% 0.58%

Size of Donation More than $2,500 More than $2,500 Between $1,000 and $2,500 Between $1,000 and $2,500 Less than $1,000 Less than $1,000

Party DEM BLK, CON, REP, IND DEM BLK, IND, REP DEM BLK, CON, REP, IND

% of donors at this level 64.15% 35.85% 70.65% 29.35% 68.24% 31.76%


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This period represents donations made between January 12 and July 11, 2011. BLK represents voters not enrolled in any party.

Gender 212 of the identified donors are male; 134 are female. Larger donors are much more likely to be male: % of donors No. of Donors at this level 81 76.42% 25 23.58% 55 59.78% 37 40.22% 76 51.35% 72 48.65%

Size of Donation More than $2,500 More than $2,500 Between $1,000 and $2,500 Between $1,000 and $2,500 Less than $1,000 Less than $1,000 Voter Turnout

Party M F M F M F

305 of the donors matched on the registration database voted in the 2008 general election; 41 did not.

whole: it is likely that some of his donors are not registered to vote at all, and were thus not included in the analysis. Of this sample, however, 124 of 346 (35.84%) of these donors missed at least one of these two votes. Age The average age of these donors is slightly over 55 years old (as of July 21, 2011). Older donors tended to give more money. A plurality of donors over the age of 65 gave more than $2,500. The majority of donors younger than 50 gave less than $1,000. % of Donors at this Level 30.19% 45.28% 24.53% 23.91% 50.00% 26.09% 17.57% 36.49% 45.95%

Level of Giving More than $2,500 More than $2,500 More than $2,500 Between $1,000 and $2,500 Between $1,000 and $2,500 Between $1,000 and $2,500 Less than $1,000 Less than $1,000 Less than $1,000 Notes

Age range Older than 65 Between 50 and 65 Younger than 50 Older than 65 Between 50 and 65 Younger than 50 Older than 65 Between 50 and 65 Younger than 50

# of Donors 32 48 26 22 46 24 26 54 68

The 253 donors who are not included in this study are omitted for one of several possibilities: they are not registered to vote; they are registered at a different address than the one which appeared on the

check with which they made their donation; or the campaign treasurer incorrectly entered their name or address. The database that was used reflects voter enrollment information in December of 2010. It is possible changes in November, it is possible that the Board of Elections did not update their database between the election and the date which it was sent.