New Fundraising Reports Give Latest Snapshot of N.Y. Races

Posted September 3, 2010 at 1:53pm

Pre-primary fundraising reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission provided fresh evidence that New York is a state to watch this cycle, with competitive primaries coming up Sept. 14 and the potential for Republicans to pick up a handful of seats in November.

In the 1st district’s GOP primary, attorney Chris Cox nearly doubled the fundraising of businessman Randy Altschuler during the pre-primary fundraising period from July 1 to Aug. 25. Cox brought in $103,000 to Altschuler’s $59,000. Cox also outspent him by more than $120,000. Still, Altschuler remains well ahead of both Cox and attorney George Demos as he had $1.3 million cash on hand as of Aug. 25.

That puts Altschuler in the ballpark with Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop, who raised $212,000 and has $1.54 million on hand.

In the 13th district, freshman Democratic Rep. Mike McMahon will face either businessman Mike Grimm or Michael Allegretti, a former aide to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Grimm took in $63,000, spent $281,000 and had $385,000 left in the bank. Allegretti raised $42,000, spent $179,000 and had $155,000 left over.

Either would be at a cash disadvantage to McMahon, who had $1.1 million in the bank after raising $177,000 and spending $363,000.

Democratic Rep. Bill Owens is running for a full term after winning a special election in the 23rd district last November. Running for the GOP nomination is Matt Doheny, an attorney and investment banker, who spent $511,000 in the last two months. He raised $41,000 and had $471,000 left over.

That’s not too far behind Owens’s $600,000 cash-on-hand total. But Doheny must first get past Doug Hoffman, whom Owens defeated in the special election. Hoffman raised $37,000 and spent one-fifth what Doheny did. He had $152,000 in the bank.

Democratic incumbents in a few other districts already know who their GOP opponents will likely be. Rep. Scott Murphy in the 20th district has nearly three times as much money as retired Army officer Chris Gibson. In the 25th district, Rep. Dan Maffei had $1.16 million, compared to $182,000 for Ann Marie Buerkle, New York’s assistant attorney general.

More competitive are the challengers to Reps. John Hall in the 19th district and Michael Arcuri in the 24th district. With $504,000 in the bank, Hall actually trails ophthalmologist Nan Hayworth, who has $562,000. Taking on Arcuri again is construction executive Richard Hanna, who trailed Arcuri in cash on hand as of Aug. 25, $602,000 to $500,000.

Still awaiting an ethics trial, one-quarter of Rep. Charlie Rangel’s $445,000 in expenditures went toward legal fees. Rangel brought in $270,000 and has $423,000 in the bank. Among his opponents in the 15th district, Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV raised $44,000, spent $37,000 and has $39,000 left over.

Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, running for a 10th term in the 14th district, is facing a primary challenge from attorney Reshma Saujani. Maloney spent nearly $300,000 from July to August, and raised $200,000. She has $1.98 million in the bank. Saujani raised $166,000, spent $366,000 and has $228,000 left to spend.