Democrat Sean Eldridge contributed $215,000 of his own money during the second quarter to a campaign committee he formed to explore the possibility of running for New York’s 19th Congressional District seat.
In a report filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission, Eldridge’s committee said it raised $436,728 between April and June with just under half coming from Eldridge.
Should he run and win the Democratic ballot line, Eldridge would be challenging two-term Republican Rep. Chris Gibson of Kinderhook on the November 2014 election.
Gibson is a retired Army colonel who serves on the House Agriculture Committee with freshman Democratic Rep. Sean Maloney of Cold Spring and has worked with Maloney on Hudson Valley issues common to both their districts.
Gibson raised $318,038 in the second quarter. If Eldridge’s campaign loan of $215,000 is excluded from the fundraising total, Gibson outraised Eldridge, who received $221,728 from donors other than himself.
Morgan Hook, a spokesman for Eldridge, said in an email Monday that Eldridge was not available Monday to talk about the potential congressional race, but would make a final decision on whether to run “sometime in the near future.’’
The New York Times reported last week that “word of Mr. Eldridge’s political plans has delighted the friends who make up his social circle.”
Eldridge told the Times his decision to move to the Hudson Valley was not motivated by political considerations. “It’s where I work,’’ he was quoted as saying. “It’s where I got married.’’
Eldridge is married to Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes.
The couple purchased a home in the Putnam County community of Garrison in 2011, which is Maloney’s congressional district. They also purchased a house in Ulster County community of Shokan in January which is in Gibson’s district.
The 19th Congressional District includes most of Dutchess County.