1:53 pm Jun. 14, 2012
Representative Bob Turner's campaign against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is apparently still struggling to catch fire with potential donors.
Turner raised just over $104,000 since the end of March, and added his own contribution of $30,000.
The campaign spent $124,393 during the same period, leaving Turner with $108,336 in cash on hand with just under two weeks until the Republican primary.
"We're in the final stretch of the campaign and we are on the air with television and radio, which naturally costs money," said Jessica Proud, a spokesperson for Turner. "We're in this to win it and we will have the resources necessary to take us across the finish line. We look forward to being the Party's nominee against Kirsten Gillibrand, who has transformed into the nation's most liberal senator."
The filing included a $500 refund to Arthur Long, the husband of one of Wendy Long, one of two candidates running against Turner in the June 26 primary. Long had contributed back when Turner was still considering a run for re-election in his House district, before an unfavorable redistricting map forced Turner into the Senate race. The Turner campaign said Long had requested the refund.
Turner's opponents have yet to file their own pre-primary reports, but all of the Republican candidates were lagging as of the last filing period.
At the end of March, Long had raised over $141,000 but had spent over half of that amount and had just under $69,000 on hand. Long recently re-shuffled her campaign staff, reducing the role of adviser Dick Wadhams and parting ways with her chief fund-raiser.
Maragos' pre-primary filing will be the first measure of his fund-raising. He had been self-funding through the previous reporting periods.
Gillibrand reported over $9 million on hand at the end of of March.