New York's Chuck Schumer: Enough Cash to Win Seat, Friends in 2010 Election

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Michael McMahon, $10,000

Scott Murphy, $20,000

Bill Owens, $15,000 (contribution limits are higher for Murphy and Owens because of their special elections).

"Just like he's done in the past, Senator Schumer is doing everything he can to help the Democratic Party and our candidates across the state," said Jay Jacobs, chair of the New York State Democratic Committee.

Schumer's largesse comes amid speculation that he could be jockeying to become the next Senate majority leader if the man who currently holds the job, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, loses in November. Reid is in a tight race against Republican Sharron Angle. Schumer is a close ally of Reid and has steadfastly declined to address such speculation.

Fallon said Schumer is supporting his colleagues just as he always has, like in 2004.

Six years ago, Schumer was heavily favored to win his second term over little-known Howard Mills. Schumer had almost $22 million in his campaign account by late August and transferred more than $2 million over the next two months to the DSCC. (Schumer went on to beat Mills with 71 percent of the vote.)

Back then, there was speculation that Schumer was eyeing a potential run for governor, especially after he created a separate state campaign account with more than $11.5 million. The outlook for Senate Democrats was grim in 2004 — they ended up losing four seats — and political observers thought Albany's executive mansion could spare Schumer from serving in a diminished Senate minority.

Instead, Schumer stayed in the Senate, took charge of the DSCC and burnished his reputation as a fundraiser.

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