* Now that Chris Collins has the Republican congressional primary behind him, he is expected to gear up his fundraising to knock off Rep. Kathy Hochul, who, as of June 6, had $882,596 in campaign cash to Collins’ $176,179. The former Erie County executive largely self-funded his primary campaign against Iraq War veteran David Bellavia, though he has a lot of ground to make up to compete with Hochul and is expected to start reaching out to donors for help. Michael Kracker, Collins’ campaign manager, declined to provide specifics about how he would raise the funds or how much he hopes to bring in, but asserted Collins would have enough money to win the race. “Given the stark contrast between Chris’ vision of smaller government and less spending in Washington and Representative Hochul’s support of Barack Obama’s big government policies like ObamaCare, the campaign will be properly funded,” Kracker said in a statement. “The differences between the two candidates are crystal clear and the campaign will have the resources necessary to get Chris’ message of more jobs in America, less spending in Washington and repealing ObamaCare out to the voters of the 27th district.”
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