City & State Presents: The Notebook


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A note on "The Notebook" from City & State reporter, Chris Bragg: 


"Welcome to The Notebook, the campaign and politics blog of City & State. We’ll be updating throughout each day with analysis, breaking news and the same type of insider-oriented coverage you’ve seen on our website and in print."


CAMPAIGN ROUNDUP, JANUARY 18.


2013 Mayoral Race


John Liu’s fundraising has taken a [dive] because of his campaign finance troubles, but he still raised more than $500,000.


Liu [spent] $190,000 on legal fees.


His campaign spending is [way up], generally.


Bill Thompson [rakes in] $650,000.


Scott Stringer: [$500,000].


Bill de Blasio: more than [$1 million].


Brooklyn


Olanike [Alabi is running] for Hakeem Jeffries’ Assembly seat. DL Walter Mosley is the likely opponent — and will likely have Jeffries’ support.


In a race we[ previewed] in August, Frank Seddio confirmed he [is running](http://www.politickerny.com/2012/01/17/frank-seddio-planning-city-council-bid/) for Lew Fidler’s Council seat.


Asian-American civic groups [want] their own districts in Brooklyn. (h/t Azi Paybarah)


State Senate


The four Senate Republicans who voted for the gay marriage bill are raising [big money].


Democrat Ricardo Montano[ outpaces] Republican Sen. Owen Johnson’s fundraising – though it all came through loans and transfers from his county legislator account.


The IDC PAC [pulled in] $224,000.


Elsewhere


Gov. Cuomo [spent] $45,000 on polling in advance of several key victories.


Cuomo has put $14 million [more] in the bank, showing that he could raise the big dollars to be president.


Comptroller Tom DiNapoli [touted] $330,000 in fundraising.


Nassau DA Kathleen Rice raised [a lot] – but for what?


Eliot Spitzer [gave] Queens Councilman Mark Weprin $1,000 [See third from top]


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