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Governor Andrew Cuomo (Source:  NYS)
Governor Andrew Cuomo (Source: NYS)

Watchdog group says big donors fund Cuomo campaign

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A government watchdog organization says its analysis of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $33.3 million in re-election campaign funds shows that 80 percent comes from donors who have each given a total of $10,000 or more.

The New York Public Interest Research Group says Thursday that 242 donors have given the incumbent Democrat $40,000 or more, and his largest single donor is Leonard Litwin, who has contributed $800,000 in this election cycle.

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Litwin is a Manhattan real estate developer. A call to Litwin wasn't returned Thursday.

NYPIRG says the analysis reflects contributions to the campaign fund since Dec. 1, 2010, after Cuomo was first elected governor.

Cuomo spokeswoman Melissa DeRosa says he abides by the same campaign rules as everyone else while leading efforts to change them.

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