Rangel's challengers have modest war chests, for now
Rep. Charlie Rangel raised $60,000 between October and December and has $250,000 on hand for his re-election bid, according to his spokesman, Bob Liff. That would trump anything the 21-term Harlem Democrat is facing from his challengers so far.
Vince Morgan, a banker and onetime aide to Rangel, has $30,644 on hand for his bid to unseat his former boss. Morgan raised the cash from 11 contributors, in addition to loaning himself more than $5,000 in October. In an email to me this morning, Morgan said his "team is doubling up our efforts on all fronts."
"Fundraising is a priority but our strength is our ground game and we will raise enough to fund our operation," he said.
Adam Clayton Powell IV, the former assemblyman and son of the famous congressman, didn't raise any money in the last three months, but still has $36,596 on hand in his campaign account, according to his latest filing. Powell said he would consider running for the seat if Rangel were to vacate. In November, Powell told me, "If he doesn't run, I'm definitely in." Rangel's latest filing aren't online yet. In September, his campaign had more than $338,000 on hand.
Another likely candidate, Clyde Williams, is expected to make his fund-raising numbers known today. Williams, a former aide to presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, signaled his intention to run late last year, and recently conducted a poll of likely voters in the race, something Rangel's opponents didn't do in 2010.