15 April, 2006

Money Flows In New York's 20th District As Dems Have Seat In Their Sights

The Democrats have been looking at New York's 20th Congressional District for a while now as a place they can make some headway in their quest to gain control of the House.

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand is seen by party leaders as a real possibility to unseat Repblican John Sweeney.

If money counts for anything - of course we know it counts for more than it should in our political system - Gillibrand's putting up a good battle.

In her first-quarter filing with the Federal Election Commission, Gillibrand reported taking in $346,000, for a total of $716,000 to date. Sweeney, the incumbent in the race, took in $397,000 in the latest quarter for an election cycle total of $1.18 million.

Gillibrand's total for the quarter outpaces the three incumbent House members in the Rockland-Westchester area (the home turf for this blog). Democrat Eliot Engel (17th) logged $198,130 in the latest quarter, Democrat Nita Lowey (18th) took in $136,000 and Republican Sue Kelly (19th) reported a haul of $144,000 for the quarter and has now raised $1.04 million during this campaign cycle.

Of course, of the three local incumbents only Kelly has any challengers of note, at least if you go by fund-raising ability.

Among the Democrats running in the 19th, Judy Aydelott of Katonah had the most impressive quarter, raising $126,000 for a cycle total of about $430,000. John Hall of Dover Plains still seems to be in the financial running, bringing in $86,000 for a cycle total of $143,000. Two other candidates, Jim Martorino of Yorktown and Darren Rigger of Peekskill each posted less than $25,000 in the first quarter and neither is near the $100,000 mark for the cycle. We couldn't access a report for Ben Shuldiner of Crompond.

(All numbers are rounded)


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