Who are candidates’ donors?
Which political action committees and lobbyists gave donations to the New York’s 21st Congressional candidates?
Records of the Federal Elections Commission show that from Jan. 1 to June 30, Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf received $155,400 from “other committees,” which include political action committees (PACs) that bundle donations. Republican candidate Elise Stefanik received $115,650 in that same category.
In the second quarter, 65 percent of Woolf’s donations came from inside the state. Stefanik received 57 percent of her donations in state.
Notable committee contributions to Woolf include $10,000 from AMERIPAC: The Fund for a Greater America, which is a Democratic leadership PAC, $5,200 from the Adirondack Jobs Political Action Committee, $4,000 from Bill Owens for Congress, $2,500 from Planned Parenthood Action Fund PAC and $2,000 from Nancy Pelosi for Congress.
Some individual contributions to Woolf include $3,000 from Susannah Goodman, a policy analyst with Common Cause, a national group pushing for election reform; and $1,000 from William Janeway, the executive director of the Adirondack Council environmental group.
Notable committee contributions to Stefanik include $5,000 from Koch industries PAC; $2,500 from the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group that aims to elect women to Congress; and $2,000 from Romney for President.
Some individual contributions to Stefanik include $5,200 from Kenneth Stefanik, $5,200 from Matthew Stefanik and $5,200 from Melanie Stefanik. Kenneth and Melanie are her parents. There is also $750 from David Trulio of Raytheon, a defense contractor firm, and $500 from Keith Urbahn. Urbahn was formerly chief of staff for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Woolf raised nearly $575,000 in the second quarter and had $757,834 on hand. Stefanik raised $310,000 in the second quarter and had $152,103 cash on hand.
Stefanik reported having 963 donors from New York state and raising $834,000 overall during the primary campaign period. The heated primary versus Matt Doheny of Watertown proved to be expensive for her, costing $683,153 in operating expenditures. She won it on June 24 with more than 60 percent of the vote.
The Green Party’s Matt Funiciello, a bakery owner from Glens Falls, claims to have raised $5,314 in the second quarter from a total of 70 people.
Woolf loaned his campaign $200,000 in the second quarter and previously another $200,000 in the first quarter. Stefanik owes $35,000 in loans.
Doheny reported $24,609 cash on hand at the end of the second quarter. He has the Independence Party line on the Nov. 4 ballot.