Bharara’s corruption probe, which led to the indictment of two legislative leaders this year, has also “seriously impacted” the governor’s fund-raising ability by making potential contributors with issues before Cuomo’s office wary that they could be accused of seeking a quid pro quo, the fund-raiser said.
Solicitors working for Cuomo’s campaign committee, responding to the Bharara probe, have also apparently put the brakes on what had once been “a frantic, high-pressure” effort to raise funds for the governor.
“It used to be horrible, the Cuomo people were always pushing, pushing, pushing for money, more money, like crazy men,” said the fund-raiser. “But now they’ve backed off and I think that has a lot to do with Bharara’s investigation.”
How does a sitting governor get a $45 million dollar warchest to dispatch an underfunded opponent in a re-election campaign?
By having his people "always pushing, pushing, pushing for money, more money, like crazy men."
Perhaps all that pushing for money has raised the interest of the US attorney and scared off the governor's money people?
Perhaps the governor's donors are afraid to give money for fear of attracting said US attorney's interest?
Perhaps the governor's donors are starting to see the governor as less relevant and useful, since the corruption probes that took down Silver and Skelos and may yet take down Cuomo have weakened the governor's ability to impose his will (i.e., his donor's interests) on the state?
Perhaps it's a combination of all three?
Cuomo will release his updates campaign numbers in mid-July, so we'll get a better sense then.