Last year, developer Carl Paladino gave $30,000 to the Erie County Democratic Committee. That's drawing some heat from anonymous Republican critics.
In two prior years, he gave local Democrats $20,000. Paladino is brushing off the criticism of his local contributions.
"I've always contributed to the person, not to the party. I've always done that," Paladino said.
"Yes, most of my feelings are to the right and for the Republican party but when I see good government and good leadership, I'm not ashamed to give in that direction."
Paladino has the bulk of his business assets through Ellicott Development here in Erie County. For years, he has also refused to give to some prominent Republicans like disgraced State Senate leaders Dean Skelos and Thomas Libous. He is also a fierce critic of Skelos; successor, John Flanagan.