Delgado leads NY19 Dems in 4th quarter fundraising

Antonio Delgado

Antonio Delgado’s campaign has announced it raised more than $425,000 in the last three months of 2017, the largest haul of the three Democrats running in New York’s 19th Congressional District who have given previews of the campaign finance reports they are due to file by the end of the month.

Six Democrats in all are courting support and raising money to challenge Rep. John Faso, a Kinderhook Republican who took office a year ago. The other two contenders who have rushed out their latest fundraising totals are Pat Ryan, who said he collected $317,000 in donations in the fourth quarter, and Gareth Rhodes, who said he raised more than $150,000.

Multiple candidates in the race have managed to raise significant sums in spite of the crowded field, which had as many as eight contenders at one point. As of the end of September, two Democrats – Delgado and Brian Flynn – had more in their coffers than Faso, and Ryan was nearly on par with the Republican incumbent.

Delgado’s campaign said Wednesday he had raised almost $1.5 million altogether since he entered the race last year, and now has more than $1 million on hand after expenses.

“Growing up in this area with working class parents, I learned the value of hard work,” Delgado, a Rhinebeck attorney, said in the announcement. “I believe in a better future for the people of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley, and I will not be outworked on this campaign.”

Each candidate has stressed the torrent of donors making small contributions as a sign of the breadth of his support.

“I’m fired up to begin 2018 in such a strong position, with the support of thousands of individual donors,” Ryan, a Kingston native and West Point graduate, said in his fundraising announcement.

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