Queens Councilman John Liu is relatively new to politics, but he's raising cash like a seasoned pro - pulling in more than even Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
Liu has banked $1.6 million for an unspecified campaign in 2009, when his term-limited stint on the Council must end.
Lotta loot for Liu's future
Liu's contributions come from varied sources, many of them New Yorkers of Asian heritage. And many donors have maxed out - given the maximum of $4,950 to a municipal candidate for citywide office.
"I'm humbled by the amount of community pride out there," Liu said. "A common trait among my donors is that they have not contributed to political campaigns before now."
Your donors have never contributed to a politician before, but all of a sudden they are forking over 5K to a lightweight who hasn't declared what he's running for yet?
Things are heating up in the comptroller's race as well:
FUND-RAISING OUT OF 'COMPTROL'
The chair of the City Council Finance Committee, David Weprin (D-Queens), has raised $1.2 million. His Queens colleague Melinda Katz has pulled in $1.3 million for the race, with $700,000 pouring in this year.
Lots of developer money in the kitty, no doubt.
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