Schumer Drops $6.2 Million to Improve Majority Leader Chances

Half goes to DSCC, other half will go to Democrats in tight races

New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, seen here at the Democratic National Convention in July with fellow Empire state colleague Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, left, gave $3 million to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and $3.2 million to Democrats in close races. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, seen here at the Democratic National Convention in July with fellow Empire state colleague Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, left, gave $3 million to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and $3.2 million to Democrats in close races. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted October 6, 2016 at 9:25am

New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer is dropping $6.2 million toward Democratic Senate races in hopes of becoming the Senate majority leader.

Schumer used the money from his personal campaign fund to give $3 million to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The other $3.2 million will go to Democrats in close races. Which specific races will be revealed in the third quarter Federal Election Commission report.

The move shows that the three-term senator is comfortable in his own re-election contest, having reported $27.5 million in cash on hand as of June 30.

Comparatively, his Republican opponent Wendy Long had only $31,915 in the bank at the end of that same reporting period.

The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates the race as Safe Democrat.