Which congressional candidates have raised the most campaign cash?

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Rep. Joe Crowley with New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer in 2013.

Which congressional candidates have raised the most campaign cash?

It’s a clash of cash for incumbents and the upstarts challenging them.
June 20, 2018

Raising the most money doesn’t guarantee an election victory – but it helps.

With the primaries a week away, congressional candidates have filed their second quarter fundraising reports. These Federal Election Commission filings, which contain contributions from April 1 to June 6, illuminate which candidates are stocked up for primary day. Here are the top five fundraisers among incumbents and challengers this quarter.

Incumbents

Rep. Joseph Crowley

Total receipts – $578,388.11

Cash on hand – $1,061,026.65

Crowley hasn’t taken his progressive challenger sitting down, raising significant amounts of money in anticipation of the primary. His opponent, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has drawn widespread support from the online left and tripled her fundraising since the previous FEC filing.


Rep. Eliot Engel

Total receipts – $504,599.11

Cash on hand – $512,063.08

Engel has approximately doubled his fundraising this quarter, overtaking his opponent’s efforts from last quarter. Jonathan Lewis, the millionaire vying for his seat in the primary, almost made it to the top five challengers list, with $230,798 in total receipts.


Rep. Dan Donovan

Total receipts – $392,830.01

Cash on hand – $536,890.87

Donovan has steeled himself against his aggressive primary opponent, former Rep. Michael Grimm, who had a 10-point lead over Donovan in a recent poll. Even if debates between the two may not have much of an impact on the election, perhaps Donovan’s substantial fundraising will.


Rep. John Faso

Total receipts – $338,592.16

Cash on hand – $1,091,382.61

Faso just barely outraised his Democratic opponents this quarter in an increasingly tight race for the freshman representative’s seat. He faces seven possible Democratic contenders, two of whom – Antonio Delgado and Patrick Ryan – also have substantial war chests.


Rep. Lee Zeldin

Total receipts – $307,482.42

Cash on hand – $1,546,035.78

Zeldin has maintained his strong fundraising into the second quarter, despite facing no notable Republican primary challenger. However, he faces a slew of possible Democrats in the general election, including Perry Gershon, the top Democratic fundraiser.


Challengers

Perry Gershon

Total receipts – $699,708.22

Cash on hand – $450,161.28

Gershon has raised an impressive amount of money running for Lee Zeldin’s seat, but not without a significant cost. His debts are currently $900,000, which may be the price of competing against four other candidates for the Democratic nomination.


Max Rose

Total receipts – $377,551.26

Cash on hand – $1,078,087.52

While Rep. Dan Donovan has geared up his fundraising in anticipation of a serious challenge from former Rep. Michael Grimm, Rose has been preparing his own well-funded campaign for the general election. In fact, Rose raised nearly as much as Donovan this quarter and has twice the amount of cash on hand.


Anthony Brindisi

Total receipts – $340,855.92

Cash on hand – $1,184,520.06

Assemblyman Brindisi outraised Rep. Claudia Tenney once again this quarter, proving himself to be a viable Democratic contender for her seat.


Antonio Delgado

Total receipts – $338,126.95

Cash on hand – $758,800.11

Delgado has again raised the most money among his six primary opponents running for Rep. John Faso’s seat. But he is closely followed by …


Patrick Ryan

Total receipts – $296,468.72

Cash on hand – $468,901.94

Ryan raised about $42,000 less than Delgado, leaving two well-funded Democratic challengers for the 19th Congressional District. And three other Democrats running in the primary aren’t looking too bad either – Gareth Rhodes, Brian Flynn and Dave Clegg each raised more than $100,000 this quarter.

Kay Dervishi
is an editorial intern at City & State.
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