The latest campaign finance revelations show that in the last quarter of 2021, more than $1.5 million was paid out to the six candidates running in New York’s 21st congressional district.
Of the six nominees, incumbent Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, garnered the vast majority of the $1.5 million. Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, Rep. Stefanik’s campaign brought in $1.07 million, not including what was raised by her national organizations.
The congresswoman brought in $923,997 from individual donors during that time, and $64,700 from political action committees and other campaigns, plus nearly $89,000 in transfers to her campaign from other advocacy groups. fundraising in which it has an interest.
It ended 2021 with $3.1 million in cash available to spend, far exceeding the totals available to its competitors. It’s something his campaign proudly touted in a statement on Tuesday.
“While the four far-left socialists had yet another abysmal fundraising quarter, Congresswoman Stefanik shattered out-of-year fundraising records and bolstered her support from tens of thousands of grassroots patriots across the North Country and America”, said his senior adviser Alex deGrasse.
For this election cycle, Representative Stefanik raised $4,549,988.
Last quarter, his campaign received funding from a number of corporate PACs. Banking group PricewaterhouseCoopers PAC provided $7,500 to his campaign and BAE Systems, a defense contractor that develops robotic systems, donated $3,500. She also received a large amount of funding from the Jobs for A New Era PAC, which donated $25,000 to the Elise Victory Fund and transferred $10,000 to the congresswoman’s campaign in December.
The Elise Victory Fund is a joint fundraising operation that shares resources with the MP’s campaign, her E-PAC political action committee and other fundraising organizations she may partner with.
The Jobs for a New Era PAC supports a number of conservative candidates across the country, in local races as small as school board seats to candidates for the U.S. Senate.
Rep. Stefanik’s campaign also made a number of contributions to other candidates during the last fiscal quarter, including a number of campaigns in the North Country and in New York State. The campaign gave $1,000 to Steve McLaughlin, the Rensselaer County executive who ran for re-election last year. Mr. McLaughlin was arrested in December on charges by the state attorney general that he used $3,500 of campaign funds to pay for personal expenses when he was a state assemblyman.
The congresswoman’s campaign also donated $500 to Andrew Moses, who was elected a St. Lawrence County Family Court Judge last year, $500 to the City of Saratoga Republicans and $300 to the Conservative Party of the state.
His expenses for campaign-related costs include $40,000 for North Country Strategies LLC., the political strategy company owned by Mr. deGrasse, and nearly $135,000 in credit card processing fees for the fundraising platform. of WinRed online funds.
Rep. Stefanik’s next closest fundraising contest was Matt Castelli, a Democratic nominee who gained momentum with the endorsements of nearly all of the county’s Democratic committee chairs and half of the county’s Democratic committees. North. Mr. Castelli brought in $184,918 in the last quarter, all from individual donors. Four donors gave the maximum donation allowed in a primary – $5,800.
The latest quarter is the second straight quarter that Mr. Castelli has earned more than his Democratic competitors, and he ended 2021 with $289,001 in cash, nearly $30,000 more than his closest Democratic competitor.
“As Elise Stefanik skips work in DC to raise millions at Mar-a-Lago and put her party and politics before our district, we’ve had another successful fundraising quarter demonstrating that we are the campaign that can draw support from local donors across NY-21, unite the district and defeat Elise Stefanik,” Mr. Castelli said in a statement Wednesday.
Mr. Castelli’s campaign spent $142,107 last quarter on campaign consultants, payroll services, acquiring donor lists and organizing donor events, and also spent 2.76% of what he raised over $5,100 in credit card processing fees for ActBlue, the Democratic online fundraising platform.
Matthew F. Putorti, a Whitehall man who is also seeking the Democratic nomination for NY-21, raised $181,871 in the previous quarter, about $3,000 less than Mr. Castelli.
He only raised funds from individual donors and asked two people to donate the maximum amount of $5,800 to his campaign. According to a press release from his campaign, Mr. Putorti brought in the majority of his donations from New York City and more than 600 from within the district. The campaign says 85% of contributions are under $100.
Out of the campaign as a whole, Mr. Putorti has lifted the most of his Democratic competitors.
Mr. Putorti has raised $533,471 since announcing his race, followed by Mr. Castelli who raised $442,372. Mr. Putorti said in a statement on Tuesday that his strong fundraising numbers among his Democratic competitors show that voters in the region care about the issues he focuses on.
“I am proud and grateful for the grassroots momentum behind our campaign to bring honorable leadership to the North Country,” Mr. Putorti said, “When I announced my candidacy, I noted three of the most important issues facing our communities: protecting the middle class, fighting climate change, and fighting threats to our democracy from politicians. extremists like Elise Stefanik.”
After M. Putorti, Brigid “Bride” Farrell, the former U.S. national team speed skater who went on to advocate for victims of abuse, brought in $89,225 last quarter. Of that amount, $1,000 came from the Voter Protection Project PAC, an organization that says it “Fighting President Trump and Republicans’ attack on our right to vote.”
Overall, Ms. Farrell has raised $247,957 since announcing her campaign in July. Of that total, he had $91,223 left at the end of last year.
Ms. Farrell’s campaign spent about $64,721 in the last quarter, including $3,160 in ActBlue processing fees. The campaign spent about $600 on hotels upstate, plus $566 for a stay at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, of which $218 was reimbursed.
The first Democrat to file for NY-21, Ezra Watson, brought in the lowest amount of money among the primary field last quarter, and overall is the lowest earner in the race, bringing in about $3,500. $ since his announcement in March 2021. Last quarter he received $1,853, all from individual donors and spent $574. Mr Watson’s campaign materials did not include a description of what he spent the funds on. He ended 2021 with $1,681 available to spend.
The smallest campaign chest belongs to Lonny Koons, the Carthage-based Republican candidate who intends to run against Rep. Stefanik in a primary. Mr. Koons’ campaign brought in $575 last quarter and has raised about $7,800 since he filed for candidacy in July 2020.
Last quarter, Mr. Koons spent $1,111, all on an AT&T phone bill for the campaign. He ended the quarter with $869.
With the proposed new congressional district lines for the North Country, five of the six candidates who originally announced campaigns in NY-21 remain within the new district boundaries. Mr. Watson’s hometown of Wilton was included in New York’s 20th congressional district in the maps approved on Wednesday. It is unclear what Mr Watson intends to do, whether he will run in the 20th district or whether he will still seek election in the 21st.
If they are all able to complete the petition process to launch a primary election, the Democratic contenders will enter a primary, while Mr. Koons and Rep. Stefanik could run in a Republican primary, both scheduled for 28 June.
All election dates are subject to change as the state legislature completes the redistricting process.