Ex-New York Governors Spitzer, Paterson Close Campaign Accounts

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former New York governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson have closed their campaign accounts, signaling no quick returns to politics.

Spitzer, whose CNN show “In The Arena” was recently canceled, turned over much of his remaining $182,305 to education foundations. The foundations include his alma maters, with $25,000 going to Harvard Law School, $50,000 to Harvard College and $25,000 to Horace Mann School.

Paterson, who succeeded Spitzer in 2008 following his resignation amid a prostitution scandal, spent much of his remaining $218,166 to pay off campaign bills.

Paterson spent $105,600 to pay off the remaining lease on campaign space in Manhattan. He also paid $86,000 in legal fees to defend himself against ethics charges over free New York Yankees tickets he obtained for the 2009 World Series.

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  • babbo

    I love Patterson. I still don’t understand why he was given such a bad rap from day one. We can only hope that he returns to politics.
    Spitzer is an extremely intelligent and would be a welcomed addition to this political landscape — it’s unfortunate he’s has shown himself to be such an immature, insecure individual on a personal, emotional level.

  • joshsucks

    Spitzer is done. He should stick with what he does best – pay for call girls with his credit card. And who really cares?

    Patterson may come back if he has the stomach to put up with the media.

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