Updated: New pro-Faso super PAC enters race for NY-19, bankrolled by single multi-millionaire

Update: I’ve added a quote from Andrew Heaney’s spokesman at the bottom.

Update 2: Records show that New York Wins PAC shelled out $494,357 altogether for television ad buys.

A new super PAC funded solely by a wealthy Long Island hedge fund mogul and computer scientist is getting involved in the fight for the 19th Congressional District.

The New York Wins PAC released a 30-second television advertisement Tuesday against Andrew Heaney, the Dutchess County heating oil executive fighting for the GOP nomination.

The spot points out Heaney’s past contributions to President Barack Obama, calls him a Manhattan multi-millionaire who recently bought a $4 million home in Dutchess County and says he is “Obama’s kind of Republican, not ours!”

The lone $500,000 donor to the New York Wins PAC is Robert Mercer of Renaissance Technologies in East Setauket, according to Federal Election Commission records.

FEC records show that Mercer has donated more than $29 million to various PACs supporting conservative causes and party committees since 2010. He alone shelled out $11  million to a super PAC last April to support GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.

You can read more about the life and times of Mercer in this Bloomberg piece here, which goes on to talk about his $2.7 million model train set, his fascination with owls and his possession of a gun that was used in The Terminator movies.

George Winner, director and founder of the New York Wins PAC and a former Republican state senator from Elmira, said Tuesday the primary race in the 19th Congressional Race is the only one the PAC is focused on right now. According to sources, the super PAC has shelled out close to $250,000 so far on the most recent television advertisements.

Winner made clear that PAC looks fondly at John Faso, the Columbia County lawyer, lobbyist and former state Assembly minority chair who’s been in a heated primary battle with Heaney. Robert Mercer, his wife Diana Mercer and daughter Rebekah Mercer have personally contributed a total $16,200 to Faso.

“I don’t believe an out of town Obama-supporter is the appropriate standard-bearer for the Republican nomination,” Winner said.

Winner said the PAC will also be involved in the fight for the district after the primary to support Faso. Zephyr Teachout and Will Yandik are both competing for the Democratic nomination next month.

Republican Rep. Chris Gibson, a retired U.S.Army colonel, is not seeking another term in the district. The 19th includes all of Ulster and Sullivan counties.

Both Winner, Mercer and Faso were also involved with another super PAC, New York 2014. Winner acknowledged that he was the director of New York 2014 Tuesday but said he did not have a lot of involvement in the races it worked on.

According to Faso’s financial disclosure report he was paid in excess of $5,000 for consulting and legal services for work he did with New York 2014. Mercer gave $350,000 to the committee.

Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on races but can not coordinate their efforts with candidates.

The New York Wins PAC isn’t the first one getting involved in the fight for the district. The New York Jobs Council has has been running anti-Faso television ads and sending out mailers for months, though it’s only spent roughly $71,000.

Update: “The same billionaires and Washington establishment who attack Donald Trump are now attacking businessman and outsider Andrew Heaney, trying to prop up their favorite lobbyist and political bagman John Faso,” said Heaney spokesman, David Catalfamo.

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