The Democratic governor's largest benefactor appeared to be the real estate industry, which flooded his campaign coffers with hundreds of thousands of dollars, including from many limited liability companies.
Real Estate, School, Gay Activists Give to Paterson
The developers donated to Mr. Paterson in advance of what could be a pivotal moment for the industry, whose opposition to rent regulations threatens to be over-powered by shifts in the Legislature.
Developers fear that Senate Democrats will vote to expand rent regulation laws in New York City if they grab the majority this year. If Republicans, who have been allies of the developers, lose control of the chamber, Mr. Paterson's position on the issue will be crucial.
Three Elghanayan brothers, Frederick, Henry, and Kamran, of the Rockrose Development Corporation, contributed a total of at least $25,000 to Mr. Paterson's campaign committee.