New York Congressmen beat progressives in fundraising

New York City House holders are raising money for progressive challengers ahead of next year’s primary and general election in congressional districts that have yet to be drawn.

Three years after Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dismantled a powerful pillar of the House, progressive candidates are still trying to topple the city’s old guard. Ocasio-Cortez, which faces no current challenges for its seat representing parts of the Bronx and Queens, took in $ 1.66 million in the last quarter – more than any member of the city’s congressional delegation, according to new documents from the Federal Election Commission.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez leads the local fundraising pack.
Ben Fractenberg / THE CITY

Despite falling far short of the AOC numbers, veteran Democratic Reps Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler and Yvette Clarke have all taken the lead in the silver race against the challengers in their respective congressional districts.

So do first-year Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, a Trump-pro-Republican in a swing district of Staten Island-Brooklyn who has caught the national attention of campaign donors from both major parties ahead of the crucial election. mid-term.

Still, reports from the last round of fundraising came with a bipartisan state redistribution commission split to draw new lines by early 2022 – potentially throwing some local races into uncharted territory.

Calculation of Maloney’s division

Maloney, who faces her third competitive primary in three rounds, has raised about $ 475,000 over the summer as she prepares to face four Democrats.

Newcomer Rana Abdelhamid, a community organizer with a day job at Google, raised $ 213,000 as she challenges the Upper East Side-based lawmaker. Abdelhamid is backed by Justice Democrats, the group that helped Ocasio-Cortez and Representative Jamaal Bowman beat longtime incumbents.

The Maloney 15 Mandate Representative is would have encouraged the Democrats to the state legislature to eliminate progressive parts of his district in Brooklyn and Queens.

Abdelhamid told THE CITY it was hard not to know what the final lines will look like, but said she embraces all parts of the neighborhood, including those Maloney allegedly wants to get rid of.

“What this tells us is that she really doesn’t want to represent that many of us –– a lot of young people, a lot of progressives that she sees aren’t necessarily part of her base and it’s not. where we are in this race, “said Abdelhamid.” We are excited about each person. ”

Maloney’s campaign team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“The hunger for leadership”

Meanwhile, Staten Island-based Malliotakis raised $ 552,000 for his general election candidacy. The first-year representative currently has $ 1.19 million in her campaign coffers, which puts her far ahead of the two Democratic candidates vying to face her in November 2022.

“My campaign donors understand the importance for the GOP of preserving the seats we won in 2020, if we are to resume Congress in 2022,” Malliotakis said in a statement.

Then-Congress candidate Nicole Malliotakis poses with Rudy Giuliani after receiving her endorsement on September 14, 2020.

Then-candidate Nicole Malliotakis poses with Rudy Giuliani after receiving her approval on September 14, 2020.
Nicole Malliotakis / Facebook

Brittany Ramos DeBarros, an anti-war military veteran and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, raised around $ 110,058 in the last quarter.

Ramos DeBarros’ booty puts him well ahead of former cop and teacher Michael DeCillis, who only made $ 6,925 in the same time frame. It also gives the political newcomer more leeway if former one-term representative Max Rose enters the race after losing to Malliotakis last year.

Local political observers said the redistribution would almost certainly help Democrats in the general election – especially if the southern part of the Brooklyn District were changed to include more progressive pockets of the borough.

Jasi Robinson, a progressive activist and district leader on the north coast of Staten Island, said Ramos DeBarros “has done everything right” since entering the race, but added that recognition of Rose’s name could cause problems.

“Brittany are a viable candidate, but if Max enters the race we don’t know how it will play out because he has a solid base,” said Robinson.

Brittany Ramos DeBarros, an activist and military veteran who is also running for Congress in New York's 11th Congressional District, poses for a portrait in New York City on April 21, 2021.

Activist and army veteran Brittany Ramos DeBarros challenges Rep. Nicole Malliotakis.
Clifford Michel / THE CITY

Ramos DeBarros has said that an aggressive ground game in New York’s 11th Congressional District will ultimately make a difference.

“We know from past races that fundraising alone is not enough, which is why we have already engaged thousands of voters and laid the groundwork for the type of organization that has transformed the political landscape in places. like Georgia, ”said Ramos DeBarros.

Large AOC Cushion

In New York’s Ninth Congressional District, which encompasses swathes of central Brooklyn, Clarke raised $ 105,779 and now has $ 43,253 after spending almost as much as she raised.

His two Democratic challengers did not submit their third-quarter files to the FEC. Isiah James – a Democratic socialist who challenged Clarke in 2018 – had $ 16,940 in his campaign account as of July 1.

Congressman Yvette Clarke

Representative Yvette Clarke (D-Brooklyn) hosts a roundtable discussion on gentrification in May 2019.
John McCarten / New York City Council

Nadler, based on the Upper West Side, has cashed in $ 175,100 and has $ 701,543 in cash as he prepares to face three Democratic challengers, although two of the candidates have not reported any fundraising. Ashmi Sheth, a progressive Democrat who supports policies like Medicare for All, raised $ 99,326 in the last quarter and $ 45,761 in her campaign account.

Queens Reps Gregory Meeks and Grace Meng currently do not have challengers, but have $ 1.2 million and $ 754,423 respectively.

Brooklyn reps Nydia Velasquez and Hakeem Jeffries, who have $ 326,624 and $ 2.78 million in their campaign coffers respectively, don’t face any immediate challengers either. They raised $ 16,350 and $ 881,980 respectively.

Bronx and Manhattan representative Adriano Espaillat, who has no challenger at the moment, has raised $ 175,650 and has $ 442,103 in his campaign account.

Bronx Rep Ritchie Torres cashed in $ 717,754 and has $ 2 million in his campaign account. Bowman, his fellow freshman representative from the Bronx, has $ 270,798 in his coffers after raising $ 175,340. Neither one faces challengers.

Ocasio-Cortez, meanwhile, has $ 5.78 million as its national profile grows.

New York is in the middle of its once-a-decade redistribution process in which the state and congressional borders are redrawn to reflect the latest census figures. After decades of state politicians drawing lines in favor of incumbents, New York voters have created a bipartisan commission to manage the redistribution process.

But in September, the process collapsed when the Republicans and nominee Democrats presented two very different sets of cards, with each group claiming their version better follows state and federal laws.

The bitter split has increased rumors that Democratic lawmakers in Albany could invoke a provision in the state’s constitution to resume the process in early 2022 by twice rejecting the commission’s lines.

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