Joe Crowley’s $850K is more than Bob Turner’s $72K

Joe Crowley. (Azi Paybarah, via flickr)
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According to his latest filings, Rep. Joseph Crowley has $849,296 in his campaign account, far more than the newly elected Republican in the neighboring district whom he could face after their congressional lines are redrawn.

Republican congressman Bob Turner, who won his seat in a special election last September, has only $72,600 on hand, according to his latest filing. (Two weeks before election day last year, Turner's campaign was down to just $2,000.) Turner may be willing to spend some of his own money on the next campaign, as he did in his first one.

The current district represented by Crowley, who is also the Queens Democratic County chair, is largely in the Bronx and goes all the way up the Westchester County border. The remaining piece of his district is in the blue-collar Western Queens neighborhoods he represented when he was in the New York State Assembly, and where his cousin, Elizabeth Crowley, currently represents as a member of the New York City Council. But it abuts Turner's district, which spills over into Brooklyn, and used to be represented by Anthony Weiner.

Turner, a former television executive, has said he will seek another term in office after the 2012 redistricting.

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Between October and December, Crowley's campaign spent $6,000 on "political consulting for reapportionment."