Is Weiner preparing for a mayoral bid?
Mayoral campaign committee reported spending just shy of $37K in last 6 months
Could former Rep. Anthony Weiner be preparing for a political comeback?
The Democrat's latest filing with the New York City Campaign Finance Board, published Tuesday, may send some subtle messages.
His mayoral campaign committee, created ahead of his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination in 2005, reported spending just one dollar shy of $37,000 in the last six months. It brought in $27,400 in the same period, largely through a transfer from a previous political committee.
Should he decide to run, Weiner now has nearly $4.5 million cash on hand -- a start for a mayoral run in the Big Apple. Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent over $108 million on his successful 2009 bid for a third term, according to the campaign finance board records.
Besides the $25,400 spent on rent in the last six months, his committee has paid over $1,500 in phone bills.
It also spent $9,753 on legal services from a firm with offices in New York, Washington and several other U.S. cities, though it could not be determined from the filing or the firm's disciplines -- which are broad ranging -- what services were provided.
Two smaller payouts -- $38.09 to an electronics retailer for a hard drive and $241.92 for his website -- were also revealed in the filings.
The "contribute" function on his website has been suspended, though the page still reads "Anthony is doing everything he can to fight for people like you in Washington."
A call to the office of Friends of Weiner was not returned Tuesday morning.
Weiner sought the office unsuccessfully in 2005 and was seen as a frontrunner for the office this year before his resignation in June 2011 after it was revealed he had "sexted" with a half dozen women who were not his wife on Twitter. After he -- apparently inadvertently -- posted publicly on the site an intimate photo of himself, he initially claimed his account had been hacked. His wife is a key aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Last summer he told People Magazine, "I can't say absolutely that I will never run for public office again, but I'm very happy in my present life. I'm not doing anything to plan a campaign."
He said he had "enormous regrets" about letting down his wife and constituents, but that the couple's baby was occupying their time.
Weiner recently returned to Twitter and his handle "@RepWeiner," posting a video of Superstorm Sandy damage his first tweet since leaving office amid the scandal.
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