Metropolitan-area lawyers have pumped more than $1.5 million into the campaigns of the four top presidential contenders, as voters in 13 states, including New York, choose their party’s standard bearers today in a potentially determinative showdown.

Of the four, former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley has been most successful in trolling for donations in the New York legal community, raising $548,000. Among New York-area lawyers, Bradley brought in over $100,000 more than his rival for the Democratic nomination, Vice President Al Gore, who raised $438,900.