5:45 pm Jan. 31, 2012
Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries raised just over $105,000 in the fourth quarter, giving him $235,000 for his primary challenge against longtime incumbent Ed Towns.
That's slightly less than Jeffries announced at the end of the third quarter, when he posted $173,000, though that number included about six months of fundraising, including his time as an exploratory candidate. Towns has yet to report his fourth quarter numbers; at the end of third quarter he had just over $11,000 dollars on hand, but a spokesman recently said he was "busy" raising money since then.
City Councilman Charles Barron, the third candidate in the race, has also yet to file, but has preemptively downplayed the importance of fundraising.
Among the notable names who contributed to Jeffries this quarter are supermarket magnate and Mitt Romney bundler John Catsimatidis, Obama bundlers Gordon Davis and Victor Kovner, Andrew Cuomo's ally and former employer Andrew Farkas, and Assemblywoman Grace Meng.