Congressman Who Threatened Reporter Rakes in Campaign Cash
Embattled Rep. Michael G. Grimm of New York raised $346,000 in the first quarter, a large haul despite swirling controversy after the Staten Island Republican threatened to throw a reporter off of a balcony after the State of the Union address.
Grimm’s haul brings his total cash on hand to $1.17 million, according to his filing with the Federal Election Commission .
Included in Grimm’s first-quarter filing is $50,000 in legal fees to the law firm Patton Boggs. Grimm is currently under investigation for alleged campaign finance violations tied to his 2010 campaign.
Grimm will face former New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia in November in New York’s 11th District — a top Democratic target in 2014.
Democrats tout Recchia as a top-tier recruit in this district, which President Barack Obama carried by a 4-point margin in 2012.
Recchia has yet to release his first-quarter report, due to the FEC by midnight Tuesday.
New York’s 11th District is rated a Lean Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.