Republican candidates hoping to unseat New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are having a hard time matching the junior senator’s fundraising abilities.
In new campaign finance statements filed with the Federal Elections Committee, Manhattan-based conservative activist Wendy Long led her primary rivals in fundraising. Long raised $141,750 through the end of March of this year. After spending nearly $73,000, her campaign has less than $70,000 on hand.
The campaign of Congressman Bob Turner, who saw the district he won in an upset special election last year redistricted out of existence, raised a bit over $90,000 over the same time period. After spending nearly $64,000 in campaign funds, he’s left with about $97,500 in cash on-hand.
Compare this with Senator Gillibrand’s report over the same time period: $11,246,624 in contributions, with over $9 million in the bank after expenditures.
The Republican in the best financial shape also happens to be the one who hasn’t raised a dime.
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos’s self-funded campaign has over $1 million on hand, after loaning his campaign nearly $41,000 during the fundraising cycle. He received no contributions.
The three Republican candidates will face-off in the voting booth in just over two months. The primary Election Day for congressional races is scheduled for June 26.