Eliot Spitzer sure is spending a whole lot of money on this bid for New York City comptroller, but is he getting a worthy return on his investment? According to just released campaign finance reports, documented Sunday morning by The New York Times, the New York Post and the New York Daily News, Eliot Spitzer has so far contributed $3.7 million out of his own pockets to finance his campaign. Of that small fortune, he's already spent roughly $2.5 million since his campaign launched on July 7. Comparatively, Stringer has only raised a modest $310,595 in the same time period. He's only spent $173,355. His coffers are full, though, and things will surely get ugly sooner than later.
The cost to play for Spitzer was high enough. The former governor had to pay $271,000 just on petitions to get his name on the ballot opposite current Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer. Yes, Eliot Spitzer spent more getting his name on the ballot than Scott Stringer has in the last month on his campaign. Oh, and you'll be shocked to hear Stringer is already attacking Spitzer for his deep-pocketed tactics. "Eliot Spitzer spent more per day getting his name on the ballot than the average New York City voter makes in a year," Stringer spokesperson Audrey Gelman told the papers.