Campaign finance records show that Democrat Anthony Weiner’s New York City mayoral campaign is bleeding cash while donations are becoming much harder to come by.
Weiner raised an average of $16,434 per day in the first 50 days of his campaign, according to the New York Daily News, totaling more than $820,000.
But between the day his latest scandal broke on July 23 and August 5, Weiner raised only $1,897 per day, for a total of just more than $24,000.
Weiner’s beleaguered wife Huma Abedin raised almost $150,000 for her husband in the first 50 days of his candidacy, but stopped raising money for Weiner completely after the scandal.
Weiner, the front-runner in the race before news broke that he sexted with a young woman named Sydney Leathers after he resigned from Congress for similar indiscretions, dropped to fourth place in a New York Times/Siena College poll last week. City Council speaker Christine Quinn now leads the Democratic primary race with 24 percent, according to the poll, compared to Weiner’s 10 percent. The primary takes place September 10.
Former Georgetown University Law School student and women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke recently threw her weight behind Quinn, even appearing alongside the candidate on MSNBC.
Weiner’s 23-year old sexting partner Sydney Leathers, meanwhile, called Weiner a “needy little bitch” in a radio interview with Howard Stern, and later filmed a solo pornographic video for Vivid Entertainment.
Team Weiner’s attempt to invoke the memory of Bill Clinton to re-assure potential Democratic donors infuriated Clinton and wife Hillary, Abedin’s long-time boss and mentor.
“The Clintons are pissed off that Weiner’s campaign is saying that Huma is just like Hillary. How dare they compare Huma with Hillary?,” a New York Democratic source told the New York Post.