9:32 am Jun. 21, 2012
Five days after the filing deadline, Barron finally posted his pre-primary disclosure report on Wednesday night. The Brooklyn councilman $34,535 since the beginning of April, but he spent $59,677 over the same period. That left Barron with just over $11,000 in cash on hand, as of June 6, for the home stretch in what could be a close primary to replace retiring Representative Ed Towns.
Last week, his opponent, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, reported more than $375,000 in cash on hand, after raising a quarter of a million dollars over the same filing period.
Barron's biggest contributors were the Council of Schools Supervisors and Administrators, which gave $5,000, and Barron himself, who gave $3,000.
That brings Barron's personal investment in the race to $43,000, more than half of the $78,624 he's raised in total this cycle.
Barron has insisted that Jeffries' superior fund-raising won't determine the outcome, but his current cash falls short even of the modest total he was hoping to raise for this race.
"About $125,000 and I'll be good," he told me in April. "I can get three mailings in, I can get my robocalls in and I can get an election day operation going. Because that's what you really need."
Barron appears to have taken care of the three mailings. He lists three expenditures of about $10,000 each that appear to be for direct mail pieces. And there's a $3,000 expense to a company called The Phonetree.
It's difficult to discern much else in Barron's filing, Most of the blanks that explain the purpose of his expenditures aren't filled in, nor are the occupations for most of his contributors.