Sean. P. Maloney, one of five Democrats who wants to unseat Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-Bedford, and the most recent to enter the race, said this afternoon that his shortened first-quarter fundraising took in more than $320,000.
“These numbers prove that strong enthusiasm and momentum are with my candidacy,” Maloney said in a statement. “We’re going to have the resources to hold the Congresswoman accountable for voting to end Medicare as we know it.”
Maloney is a former top aide to President Clinton and Govs. Spitzer and Paterson. His entry into the race for the 18th (former 19th) generated a bit of angst among some of the other Democrats.
The others are Cortlandt Councilman Richard Becker, Wappinger Falls Mayor Matt Alexander, Duane Jackson of Buchanan, the Times Square vendor who helped thwart a 2010 car bomb attack; and Tuxedo Park Mayor Tom Wilson. All their first quarter fund-raising reports are due Sunday to the Federal Elections Commission.
Maloney doesn’t currently live in either the 18th or the 19th and has said he and his family will probably move to Beacon. There is no residency requirement for Congress. The redrawn political lines have also left Becker and Jackson outside the new district.
At of the end of 2011, Hayworth had almost $1.2 million in campaign cash on hand. At that point, Becker was the Democrat with the most cash on hand, $165,282, according to the FEC.
Well, this was a given. Becker’s campaign was the first to weigh in on Maloney’s announcement. Should more follow, you can find their statements below.
Becker campaign spokesman Barry Caro issued the following statement on Sean Maloney’s fundraising numbers:
Sean’s press release today raises more questions than answers. Here are three that jump to mind.
1) How much money did Sean raise from inside the 18th District? That number will be a clear sign of how much support Sean is getting from Democrats in the district. By way of comparison, as of the last round of FEC filings Dr. Becker had raised 86% of his donations from Nan Hayworth’s constituents.
2) How much of Sean’s money can actually be spent on the primary, versus the general election?
3) How much money is Sean’s campaign spending on paid canvassers to get him on the ballot, and how much of that is in this report? Our campaign has been overwhelmed with volunteers and has not had to spend any money on the petitioning process beyond the costs of printing and distributing petitions.
Sean Maloney seems to be counting on a financial advantage in this race; if so, he’s going to be in for a rude awakening later this week.