Challenger outpaces incumbent in fundraising for 2nd straight quarter
It wasn’t even close! For the second straight quarter, New York State Assemblyman Greg Ball (R-Patterson) has raised more money than the current congressman in the highly competitive race for New York’s 19th Congressional District.
Ball’s campaign to unseat one of the nation’s most vulnerable House incumbents reported another strong filing, raising over $193,000 this quarter from well over 1500 individuals, with donors in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. His opponent, meanwhile, raised only $132,000, from 76 people total.
In the past quarter, Ball was one of the few challengers nationwide to raise more money than the incumbent, besting the current congressman in fundraising during the period of May 1 – July 1.
This go-round, Ball raised 97% of his donations from individuals, while the incumbent accepted a staggering 48% of his contributions from Political Action Committees (PACs) and special interest groups.
Ball’s impressive performance coupled with a weak showing by an incumbent considered to be one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s most reliable back-benchers are an encouraging sign for local candidates in the traditionally Republican 19th congressional district.