5:20 pm Jun. 15, 20122
Bob Turner isn't the only Republican challenger to Kirsten Gillibrand who is still struggling to excite donors.
Wendy Long, a former judicial activist and clerk to Clarence Thomas, raised $103,977 since the end of March, according to her pre-primary filing. (That's almost identical haul to Turner's haul, which came in just over $104,000.)
Long's campaign spent $77,000 during the same period—continuing a very high burn rate—and reported $112,000 in cash on hand.
But the campaign is also carrying $193,000 in debts and obligations, according to the report.
Part of that is owed to Long herself; she loaned the campaign $17,000 and appears to have paid more than $28,000 in travel and telephone expenses out of her own pocket.
The campaign also owes $60,000 to the Casale Group and $37,500 to Colorado-based operative Dick Wadhams, who was acting as a de facto campaign manager before his role was recently scaled back. (Long's fund-raiser departed around the same time.) The campaign also owes a debt of $22,500 to Verus Partners in Albany for communications strategy consulting.
Long has received endorsements from a number of national conservatives—including one from Sean Hannity during an appearance on his radio show this afternoon—but that support has yet to translate into campaign funds. A spokesman insisted she has enough for the stretch run to the June 26 primary.
"With the help of endorsements from leading state and national conservatives like Steve Forbes, Grover Norquist, Laura Ingraham, John Bolton and Sean Hannity today, Wendy has attracted the support of 176 individual donors from 27 states," said David Catalfamo, a spokesman, in an email. "It's clear that momentum is building around Wendy's candidacy and she will have the resources necessary to compete and win on June 26th."
Among supporters who have donated to Long are the talk radio host Laura Ingraham, the Susan B. Anthony List, and the state Conservative Party.
Gillibrand reported $9.9 million in cash on hand.Long Pre-Primary