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Weiner's Spending Dwindled in Past Two Months

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner(RICHARD DREW/AP)

photo of Steven Shepard
May 15, 2013

Anthony Weiner is still mulling whether to mount a run for mayor of New York this fall, and the former Democratic congressman's latest campaign filings do not indicate any concrete movement in that direction that haven't previously been disclosed.

The filings, which cover from March 12 through this past Saturday, show Weiner did not raise any money, and he spent a little more than $12,000 -- half of which was on rent for an office he's continued to maintain even after his resignation from Congress. Weiner also paid $5,000 to Jessica Provenz; the Daily News reported earlier this month that Provenz helped Weiner compose a policy booklet he titled "Keys to the City" published in April.

Politico reported late on Tuesday that Weiner has secured a campaign manager, but the report doesn't disclose any payments to Danny Kedem or any staffer other than Provenz through this past weekend.

Weiner first floated the idea of a comeback in this year's mayoral race in an interview with The New York Times Magazine last month. That story was published a month after Weiner's previous campaign disclosure was filed, in which it was revealed that Weiner paid a San Francisco-based polling firm more than $100,000 earlier this year. Since the initial magazine interview, Weiner has sat down for videotaped get-togethers with most New York-area television outlets.

Public polls conducted in April from Marist College and Quinnipiac University show Weiner would start the race in second place in the Democratic primary, behind City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, though the other three major candidates lurk closely behind. While Quinn, Comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former Comptroller Bill Thompson have already hit the campaign trail, appearing at numerous events and public forums, Weiner to this point hasn't engaged the electorate outside of his selected media interviews and the release of the policy booklet on his website. Two of the expenditures outlined in Weiner's latest report -- totaling around $37 -- were charges with the website Uberflip, which hosts the policy book.

Most notably, the report suggests Weiner didn't pay for a poll to be conducted between the start of his trial balloon in mid-April and May 11. But that doesn't mean he didn't commission one: Weiner's previous polling payments in early March followed reports from late January that New York residents said they'd been surveyed about a Weiner candidacy for mayor or comptroller. The month-plus lag between those calls and the listing of the expenditures on his report means that the campaign may have paid (or could pay) for polling after the filing period ended.

Weiner hasn't said when, or even whether he'll officially launch a campaign, though several reports indicate the announcement could come as soon as next week. The certification deadline is June 10.

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