Indicted Congressman’s Fundraising Tanks

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted June 13, 2014 at 8:57am

Embattled Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., is struggling to fundraise for his campaign after a federal indictment, according to reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. Grimm brought in $47,000 for his campaign between April 1 and June 4, according to his pre-primary fundraising report .  

That’s far less than the $144,000 that his Democratic opponent, former New York City Councilmember Domenic M. Recchia Jr., raised in the same period.  

Recchia now has a financial advantage over Grimm, banking $1.07 million to Grimm’s $1 million.  

That disparity will likely grow. Grimm ‘s campaign experienced a sharp drop in contributions after federal officials indicted the congressman on 20 charges  in late April. Grimm brought in just $13,750 between May 3 and June 4,
according to the report
. The primary is June 24, and both Recchia and Grimm are expected to secure their respective party nods.  

Grimm’s seat marks one of Democrats’ best pick-up opportunities in November. President Barack Obama carried the
Staten Island-based district 
by a 4-point margin in 2012.
New York’s 11

th

 District is rated a
Leans Democratic
contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
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