Eldridge gives his congressional campaign another $250K

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ALBANY—Sean Eldridge has invested another $250,000 into his congressional campaign, and is set to report raising roughly as much from individual donors in a filing due later this week.

Eldridge, 27, is an investor who moved to the Hudson Valley as he considered a run for Congress. Last quarter he raised $221,728 from individuals—including billionaires George Soros and Jon Stryker, as well as LGBT mega-donor Tim Gill and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark. Eldridge, who is married to Chris Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook and current publisher of The New Republic, also chipped in $215,000.

By continuing his pledge to match individual donations with his personal fortune, Eldridge has increased his total self-contribution to $465,000.

He blasted his incumbent opponent, Rep. Chris Gibson, for raking in money from corporate PACs. Gibson, a Republican from Kinderhook, has painted Eldridge as an out-of-touch carpetbagger who has held big-dollar fund-raisers in Manhattan's most elite precincts.

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"I am incredibly grateful for the support I have received from every corner of NY-19 from individuals who are tired of the partisan games and gridlock in Washington and are ready for new leadership," Eldridge said in a statement. "Unlike most campaigns, I will not accept donations from corporate PACs. Voters in NY-19 deserve an independent representative who will stand up to Big Oil and Big Banks and do what's right for middle class families in our region."

The actual filings will become public later this week.