Maloney raised $755,000 in last two weeks of AG race

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney came up short in the Democratic primary for attorney general on Thursday, but not for lack of campaign funds.

The third-term congressman pulled in almost $755,000 in campaign donations of $1,000 or more in the final two weeks of the race, a fundraising feat that dwarfed the big-dollar donations to his three rivals for the nomination. By comparison, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, the candidate who won the primary, raised about $100,000 in donations greater than $1,000 in September. Zephyr Teachout, who came in second, took in slightly more than James, at $105,000.

Maloney already had raised more than $2 million before September, and also had shifted $1.4 million from his congressional campaign account to support his attorney general run.

Maloney, who now will run for a fourth House term after failing to win the nomination for attorney general, said in a statement on Friday that serving in Congress is an honor that he doesn’t take for granted, and that he looked forward to “returning home to listen and talk to my neighbors about my future in Congress.”

“With Trump in the White House, it’s never been more important that Democrats take back Congress,” he said. “You can bet that I’ll do my part to make sure we do. Serving in Congress is the honor of my life, and a huge responsibility that I do not take lightly. I’m proud of my record and the work we’ve done for those we serve. My future in the Congress will be decided, as always, by my friends and neighbors in the Hudson Valley.”

Orange County Legislator Jim O’Donnell, the Republican challenging Maloney for the 18th Congressional District seat, again accused the incumbent of using Congress as his “fallback plan” in a statement about the primary results. He said the “people of the Hudson Valley deserve a representative who is 100% committed to representing their needs, not those of New York City liberals.”

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