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Anthony Weiner Quietly Ramping up Campaign Spending

By Jill Colvin | July 13, 2012 5:10pm | Updated on July 13, 2012 5:33pm
New York Rep. Anthony Weiner.
New York Rep. Anthony Weiner.
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NEW YORK CITY — Is Anthony Weiner still considering running for mayor?

The disgraced Congressman, who was forced to step down following an online sex scandal, appears to be quietly ramping up campaign activity, new campaign filings submitted Friday show.

Weiner, who never formally terminated his campaign account for a mayoral run after resigning from Congress last year, spent nearly $40,000 over the past six months on office expenses, the records show.

Weiner apparently began renting office space in May, when he paid more than $16,000 to SL Green, and has been spending hundreds of dollars each month on phone bills since January.

Other expenses included $40 spent at Mendy's eatery in Midtown East and $136.09 spent on shredding expenses, the records show.

The activity represents a marked change from the previous six months, when the campaign’s spending was limited to activities like maintaining his website and paying taxes.

Weiner had been considered a front-runner for mayor until he accidentally posted a lewd picture of his nether-regions on his Twitter account, leading to revelations that he had had inappropriate conversations with at least half a dozen women online.

He has recently reappeared to have been feeling out a potential return to public life after months out of the spotlight.

His spokeswoman did not immediately return a call for comment.