Brindisi, Phillips report first-quarter fundraising

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First-term 22nd District Congressman Anthony Brindisi has raised more than 10 times that raised by the only announced active candidate to replace him, according to the first quarter financial reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission.

Brindisi’s main campaign committee reported raising $457,678 from Jan. 1 through March 31 and spending about $70,237.

George Phillips, the Republican history teacher from the Binghamton area who announced his candidacy in March, reported raising $50,522.

Brindisi for Congress reported receiving $289,258 from individuals and $94,700 from other committees.

Among committees giving to Brindisi were the New Democrat Coalition Action Fund of Washington, giving $13,600, and USA PAC United For a Strong America, of Los Angeles, giving $2,000 in the period.

Brindisi for Congress also reported nearly $132,000 collectively through ActBlue, which describes itself as a nonprofit organization that provides fundraising software for helping Democratic campaigns reach grassroots donors.

Phillips’ committee reported receiving $49,017 was from individuals. He got $500 from Believe in New York and $1,000 from Faso for Congress, associated with John Faso, the Republican defeated in his bid for re-election in November in New York’s 19th Congressional District, which extends generally from Oneonta to near Albany.

The George Phillips for Congress committee reported spending $575.

Phillips was at the Stanley Theater in Utica Tuesday to start a tour of the eight-county district.

Phillips had raised about $254,000 for his unsuccessful three-way primary bid in 2016. In 2010, Phillips also ran for the 22nd District seat, but lost to former Rep. Maurice Hinchey, and sought the nomination in 2012 but withdrew before the primary.

Phillips was previously the dean of students at Seton Catholic Central High School and has taught as an adjunct professor at SUNY Broome Community College.

A Democrat and former Assemblyman from Utica, Brindisi had raised about $4.6 million in his campaign that ended with a narrow victory in November against first-term incumbent Republican Claudia Tenney of New Hartford.

One other person has filed as a candidate for the House seat with the Federal Elections Commission. Franklin Walton Sager, Republican, however, reported no processed data. His statement of candidacy, filed Jan. 18, says he’s from Port Crane, near Binghamton.

The 22nd District includes all of Oneida, Madison, Chenango, Oswego and Cortland counties, southern Herkimer County, part of Tioga County and most of Broome County, including Binghamton. As of the November election, Republicans comprised the plurality of voters by party in the district, at about 42 percent, and Democrats 35 percent, and most of the rest were not in any party. 

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