Compared with 2001, the last time there was no incumbent running, contributions from wealthy Manhattan districts are way down, the NYTimes finds. New campaign finance filings show contributors from the East Side of Manhattan appear to still be on the sidelines: less than $2 million has been raised in the area from Yorkville to Murray Hill, down from nearly $4 million in the same period of 2001. “There’s no candidate that anyone feels strongly about,” said Lisa Hernandez Gioia, a political consultant and fund-raiser.
The only borough that contributions have more than doubled is Brooklyn. And the money there is going to its native mayoral candidate. Bill de Blasio, the public advocate is outdoing Ms. Quinn. New money is also coming in from conservative areas in southern Brooklyn, again with Mr. de Blasio having an edge.