Aided by Pelosi, Mark Murphy raises $112K to compete with Grimm’s million
Staten Island Democrat Mark Murphy raised just over $112,000 since the end of March, according to the latest pre-primary filings with the Federal Election Commission.
The total gives Murphy just over $176,000 in cash on hand, and includes donations from the campaigns of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a few of potential colleagues in the New York delegation: Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler and Eliot Engel.
Murphy is attempting to unseat freshman Republican Michael Grimm in one of the city's few swing districts. It covers all of Staten Island and some conservative-leaning parts of Brooklyn.
Grimm appeared to be teetering earlier in the year, after a series of New York Times stories that alleged illegal fund-raising practices and shady business dealings, leading local Republicans to very publicly rally around him.
But the bad news seems to have petered out, leaving Grimm in place and sitting on a war chest of more than a million dollars. He has yet to report his pre-primary totals, but a 48-hour notice filed yesterday showed that he raised $25,000 just on June 11 and 12, mostly from political action committees.
UPDATE: Nathan Smith, a spokesman for Murphy, sent the following comment, noting Grimm's spot on the financial services committee and the investigation into his fund-raising practices:
"We are proud of the wide support we have gathered and we are confident we are where we need to be to get our message of protecting and growing the middle class out to the voters of Staten Island and Brooklyn. Certainly, we don’t use a seat on the financial services committee as a honey trap for special interest lobbyists money like Grimm does, nor do we have his campaign finance scandals. Instead, we have a strong grassroots base that has been very supportive and engaged in the campaign, and we are raising the funds we’ll need to reach the voters and win this election. While our opponent spends the next 6 months explaining why and how he is under federal investigation we simply need to have enough money to get our message to voters, and we do."