Three Dems tout fundraising totals in NY19 race

Three of the Democratic candidates already competing for the chance to challenge Republican Rep. John Faso next year touted their latest fundraising totals this week, rushing out estimates of their big third-quarter hauls more than a week before the filing deadline.

Antonio Delgado, an attorney from Rhinebeck, had the biggest quarter of the three, announcing he had raised more than $400,000 in the last three months – and about $1 million overall since he entered the race in February. Not far behind was Pat Ryan, an Iraq war veteran and businessman whose campaign reported more than $375,000 in donations in the third quarter.

Gareth Rhodes, a Harvard law student and former deputy press secretary for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said his campaign had taken in $165,000 in the third quarter, and $300,000 in all since he started raising money in mid-May.

At least five Democrats in all are actively jockeying for party support to run for New York’s 19th Congressional District seat in 2018, and are eager to demonstrate their fundraising ability. The well of donors is deep enough that both Delgado and Brian Flynn had more campaign cash than Faso by June 30 when the candidates filed their last campaign finance reports. One rival, Sue Sullivan, blamed the inordinate focus on fundraising in congressional races when she ended her campaign last week.

The candidates’ third-quarter financial reports are due to be filed and made public by Oct. 15.

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