Campaign finance has become a double-edged sword for embattled Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney as he fights for his political life against leftist Senator Alessandra Biaggi, who has accused him of using “deceptive” fundraising tactics ahead of the Aug. 23 primary .
“Maloney is asking for money to help the Democrats defeat Trump – but the link is to his own fundraising page for his primaries against me,” Biaggi said tweeted Tuesday night, attaching images to a bulk text sent by the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Maloney spokeswoman Mia Ehrenberg responded by claiming the fundraiser was for the November midterms rather than the primary, before criticizing Biaggi for breaking with the Albany Democrats on key issues.
“Rep. Maloney has raised millions for Democrats across the country and donated nearly a million to DCCC directly from his campaign,” Ehrenberg said.
“This is a pathetic attempt by Biaggi to deflect attention from her story of attacking and undermining our party — from voting with State Senate Republicans against funding education to her hurtful statement that democratic women who don’t… Having more children, not being fierce defenders of reproductive rights,” she added.
The latest charge in the bad-tempered primary follows Biaggi slamming Maloney for his role in the controversial Democratic tactic of Stimulating far-right candidates against moderate Republicans in house races across the country, on the theory that these candidates will be easy to defeat in a general election.
“Alessandra Biaggi has pledged not to accept donations from corporate PACs, a promise Sean Patrick Maloney refuses to make,” Ana Hall, Biaggi’s campaign manager, told The Post on Wednesday. “Senator Biaggi is proud to have fulfilled that promise and has not accepted a penny from corporate PACs.”
Maloney has also raised eyebrows among ethics experts in recent weeks after The Post revealed last month that he had used campaign money to help a “body man” relocate from Florida before temporarily staying with Maloney, his husband and his children lived.
Meanwhile, records show that Biaggi has accepted money from wealthy donors like Evan and Tracey Segal, philanthropists who have contributed $70,000 to their campaigns, as well as other leftists like Rep. Jamaal Bowman.
Former hedge fund boss Harry Brandler and his wife Irina have given Biaggi an additional $17,250 in recent years.
“Senator Biaggi’s hypocrisy knows no bounds,” Ehrenberg said on Wednesday.
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