Updated: Faso challengers say they’ve raised $300K, $175K

Rhinebeck Attorney Antonio Delgado said Wednesday in a press release that he’s raised $300,000 in the first quarter of 2017 for a possible run against Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook.

Antonio Delgado, who's exploring a run for the 19th Congressional District

Delgado is a 40-year-old Democrat who said he’s exploring a run in the 19th Congressional District.

“As I’ve travelled the district, I have been overwhelmed by the encouragement and grassroots support,” Delgado said in a release.

You can read my blog piece on Delgado and two other Democrats who’ve lined up for possible runs here.

Campaign financial statements have not been posted online yet on the Federal Election Commission website and are due on April 15. I have some questions out to Delgado’s team about whether the funds are pledges or actual money raised and will update this post if I hear back.

In his press release Delgado, an attorney for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, emphasized his Schenectady roots, his father’s employment at General Electric and his wife’s connections in Ulster County.

Democrats Steven Mitchell Brisee, Brian Flynn and Delgado have all filed paperwork with the U.S. Federal Election Commission to run in the 19th district. The election isn’t until November 2018.

Flynn, in an interview, said that from March 1 to March 31 he’s raised $175,000. He said the current political mood of the country has made running so far out from the next election viable.

“I think two years ago it would have been very hard to start running this early,” Flynn said.

Brisee said his team has not started fundraising yet.

“As it’s still early in the race, my team and I are using this time to build our network of support and develop a solid fundraising strategy. We’ll be holding our first fundraiser at the end of the month,” Brisee said.

Faso raised $2.94 million for his own campaign in the last election and has about $103,000 cash on hand, as of his last filing. He won election to the open 19th district seat last year after defeating Zephyr Teachout, an anti-corruption activist. Former Congressman Chris Gibson decided not to run for a fourth term.

Though polls showed the race between Faso and Teachout were neck and neck leading up to the election, Faso won by nearly 25,000 votes, about nine points. The 19th district includes all of Ulster and Sullivan counties.

Update: Delgado’s press team said the contributions were raised, not pledged, in March. Though his candidacy is in the exploratory phase, Delgado will be filing a full report on his fundraising on April 15.


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