THE 2009 race for comp troller is shaping up as the most competitive in years, but developer Peter Fine is almost certain to line up with the winner - because he's backing four of the five Democratic candidates.
Campaign filings show that Fine - together with his mother, his wife, his business partner and his employees - has pumped $23,800 into the war chest of Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, $23,000 into the account of City Councilwoman Melinda Katz, $12,000 to Councilman David Yassky and $2,000 to Councilman David Weprin.
That means Fine has backed every horse in the comptroller's race except Assemblyman Jim Brennan.
COMPTROLLER HOPEFULS ARE FINE $$ FRIENDS
Fine and his partner, Marc Altheim, also spread around at least $110,000 more to other candidates for city office, including $34,700 to Rep. Anthony Weiner in the mayor's race, $10,050 to Comptroller Bill Thompson, another mayoral contender, $33,250 to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and $17,200 to Bronx Councilman Joel Rivera, who's running for Bronx borough president.
Even in the heady New York real-estate world, that adds up to a tidy sum of campaign cash.
Frank Marino, Fine's spokesman, said the developer was simply being a good citizen.