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Poloncarz fundraiser a mystery; No details released on Albany event

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz last week traveled to Albany -- 300 miles away from his base -- to try to replenish his campaign account.

Poloncarz threw a gathering for himself Wednesday night at the private Fort Orange Club just a block up from the state Capitol.

Who attended is a mystery. So is how much the guests ponied up.

Poloncarz refused to release any information about the event.

No questions -- other than to say the fundraiser was not held on state government property -- will be answered, said Peter Anderson, a Poloncarz spokesman.

"Thanks for your inquiry," the spokesman said in an email response.

The Poloncarz administration even declined to say where the fundraiser was held. That information was provided by someone who attended the event.

Poloncarz also declined to say who hosted the gathering, the number of people who attended, how much in total was received and why Albany was selected as a site for a fundraiser.

Politicians go where the money is, and Albany is in second place behind Manhattan on the stopping point for state officeholders seeking financial aid.

But most fundraisers held in Albany are by state lawmakers, statewide candidates and central party organizations looking to tap into dollars from the thousands of registered lobbyists and their clients who care about the doings at the Capitol.

After his fall campaign, Poloncarz's campaign account was down to just under $70,000, according to records submitted by the county executive to the state elections board during the most recent reporting deadline back in January.

The Fort Orange Club where Poloncarz held his fundraiser is on the regular weeknight circuit of Albany places for politicians to mingle and take checks from an assortment of players with interest before government.

Precisely who gave to Poloncarz on Wednesday night in Albany will not be known until his next mandatory campaign reporting period in July.