Monday, July 16, 2012

NEWS BLOG: Slaughter-Brooks race approaching $2 million mark

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 10:51 AM

This post has been updated with clarifications.

Republican Maggie Brooks outraised Democrat Louise Slaughter over the past month. But Slaughter has raised more than $1 million during the 2011-12 Congressional election cycle.

Brooks, who got a later start on fund-raising, has brought in about $773,000. Tack that amount on to Slaughter's total and the candidates have raised a combined total of just less than $2 million. (Brooks' filing is available here, Slaughter's here.)

The candidates filed their July quarterly reports yesterday, though the documents contained about one month's worth of contributions and expenditures. Both candidates filed pre-primary reports in June, which listed the contributions they received in the first two months of the quarter. Last week, the Brooks and Slaughter campaigns sent out dueling press releases touting the full-quarter fundraising: Brooks' release said she raised $521,000 while Slaughter's release said she'd raised more than$530,000. (A Slaughter spokesperson points out that she actually raised $536,000 for the full quarter.)

Brooks brought in approximately $335,000 between June 7 and 30, Slaughter approximately $294,000. The Federal Election Commission permits individuals to give $2,500 to per candidate, per election. Many of Brooks' contributors appear to have maxed out. For example, Buffalo businessman and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino gave her $2,500, as did Colleen Wegman and Nicole Wegman. Among the people who gave Slaughter $2,500: Mayor Tom Richards and attorney and developer Lewis Norry. Slaughter racked up more contributors, who tended to give her smaller amounts.

Slaughter and Brooks each received contributions of varying amounts from members of the Wilmot family. And both received substantial contributions from political action committees: $99,125 for Brooks and $116,150 for Slaughter. ActBlue and Emily's List, both progressive PAC's, directed thousands of dollars in contributions from individuals to Slaughter's campaign.

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