Campaign finance has become a double-edged sword for embattled Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney as he fights for his political life against lefty state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, who is accusing him of deploying “deceptive” fundraising tactics ahead of the Aug. 23 primary.
“Maloney is asking for money to help Democrats defeat Trump — but the link goes to his own fundraising page for his primary election against me,” Biaggi tweeted Tuesday night, attaching images of a mass text sent by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chief.
Maloney spokeswoman Mia Ehrenberg responded by claiming the fundraising outreach was for the November midterms rather than the primary before slamming Biaggi for breaking with Albany Democrats on key issues.
“Rep. Maloney has raised millions for Democrats all across the country and given nearly a million directly from his campaign to DCCC,” Ehrenberg said.
“This is a pathetic attempt by Biaggi to distract from her history of attacking and undermining our party — from voting with Republicans in the State Senate against funding for education to her hurtful statement that Democratic women who can no longer have children cannot be fierce defenders of reproductive right,” she added.
The latest accusation in the bad-tempered primary follows Biaggi slamming Maloney for his role in the controversial Democratic tactic of boosting far-right candidates against moderate Republicans in House races across the country, on the theory that those candidates will be easy to defeat in a general election.
“Alessandra Biaggi has taken the pledge to not accept donations from corporate PACs, a pledge that Sean Patrick Maloney refuses to take,” Biaggi campaign manager Ana Hall told The Post Wednesday. “Senator Biaggi is proud to have honored that pledge and has not accepted one cent from corporate PACs.”
Maloney has also raised eyebrows among ethics experts in recent weeks after The Post revealed last month that he used campaign money to help a “body man” relocate from Florida before living temporarily with Maloney, his husband and children.
Meanwhile, records show Biaggi has taken money from wealthy donors like Evan and Tracey Segal, philanthropists who have contributed $70,000 to her campaigns as well as other lefties like Rep. Jamaal Bowman.
Former hedge fund leader Harry Brandler and his wife Irina have given an additional $17,250 to Biaggi in recent years.
“Senator Biaggi’s hypocrisy knows no bounds,” Ehrenberg said Wednesday.