2:44 pm Apr. 16, 2012
Representative Charlie Rangel has $18,000 more on hand than his nearest primary challenger, former presidential aide Clyde Williams. But the 21-term congressman raised less and spent more than Williams since January, according to their latest campaign-finance reports.
Williams has raised a lot of money from well-connected Washington Democrats. Rangel was physically inactive for much of the filing period because of a back injury.
Another challenger, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, raised $62,055 since January and spent $5,762.94, leaving his campaign with $56,292.06 on hand. Espaillat's notable contributors include the head of his conference in the State Senate, John Sampson of Brooklyn, and the head of the corrections officers union, Norman Seabrook.
District leader Joyce Johnson, who is running against Rangel for the second time, did not have updated finance numbers on the F.E.C. web site.
Yet another challenger, Ruben Vargas, said he has enough money to get onto the ballot but does not appear to have opened a campaign account yet.
UPDATE: Vargas dropped out this afternoon and endorsed Espaillat. His spokesman did not respond to my inquiries about the the campaign.
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