Sean Eldridge’s campaign for Congress raised more than $770,000 from more than 1,600 donors in the 2nd quarter of 2014, according to a statement from his campaign.
But Rep. Chris Gibson’s campaign announced Tuesday that his campaign raised $819,000 in the second quarter, more than $330,000 more than he raised in any quarter since first running for Congress, according to a release from his campaign.
But Eldridge ends the quarter with more than $2.1 million cash on hand, while Gibson’s campaign has $1.91 million on hand for the 2014 election.
Sean Eldridge matched contributions to his campaign to the tune of $375,000 and touted that he did not accept donations from corporate PACs.
“More than 77 percent of Sean Eldridge’s 2nd quarter contributions were $50 or less,” Eldridge’s campaign said, “I’m incredibly grateful to the more than 1,600 individuals who invested in our race this quarter – most of whom contributed $50 or less – and are helping us build a grassroots campaign throughout NY-19,” Eldridge said.
Gibson’s campaign manager Stephanie Valle hammered Eldridge with criticism over his experience and recent move to the district.
“Although our opponent continues to use his billion dollar fortune to try and artificially prop up his campaign, his money can’t paper over the fact he has no ties to the district, almost no experience, and is plagued with hypocrisy,” Valle said.
Eldridge’s campaign attacked Gibson for accepting money from corporate PACs.
“Unlike Chris Gibson, we publicly disclose every contribution we receive, and we refuse to accept money from corporate PACs that have too much power in Washington already,” his campaign said.
For the second quarter, 86 percent of Gibson’s contributions were from individuals, with almost 60 percent of individual contributors residing in the 19th Congressional District and 77 percent of individual contributors being from upstate New York.
Eldridge, a Democrat who lives in Shokan, is looking to unseat Republican Gibson, from Kinderhook, in the 19th Congressional District this November. The district includes all of Ulster and Sullivan counties.