New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the $33.3 million in his re-election fund isn't meant to scare off would-be opponents.
The 56-year-old Democrat says it's necessary in case someone with great personal wealth tries to win the office by outspending him.
He says in a radio interview Friday he needs to be in a position to explain what his administration has done and is planning.
Asked about an analysis showing most of his campaign donations came from wealthy donors, and whether he'd be more responsive to their interests, Cuomo says a lot of that conversation is "baloney."
He says people want to know if he's working for them.
Cuomo says he's not among the politicians who can be bought and that he's going to do what he believes is right.