Mark Zuckerberg and other powerful friends put up for Sean Eldridge
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg was one of several famous donors who contributed to Sean Eldridge's congressional campaign in the latest quarterly filing period.
Eldridge, who is married to Chris Hughes, another Facebook co-founder, reported raising just over $500,000, according to a filing posted recently on the F.E.C. website. Eldridge contributed about half of that amount himself, in the form of a $250,000 contribution.
Zuckerberg gave the maximum $5,200, split between the general and primary elections. His wife, Priscilla Chan, also gave $5,200.
Other notable donors include David Geffen, the music mogul and frequent Democratic donor, who gave $2,600 for the primary, and Yann Wenner, the editor and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, gave $2,600 each for the primary and the general.
Tim Gunn, of Project Runway fame, and Vinit Bharara, a tech entrepreneur and brother of U.S. attorney Preet Bharara, each gave $1,000.
Bill Ackman, the outspoken hedge fund manager, gave $5,200.
Eldridge, who is challenging incumbent Republican Chris Gibson, also received some help from the Democratic establishment.
Colorado congressman Jared Polis gave $1,000, and Andrew Tobias, the treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, gave $1,600.
Kirsten Gillibrand's Empire PAC contributed a total of $5,000.
Eldridge's campaign said that more than 35 percent of its contributions came from donors in the district this quarter, and 80 percent came from New Yorkers. (More than 90 percent came from outside the district in the second quarter.)
In a statement, Eldridge drew a contrast with Gibson's fund-raising.
"I am grateful for the support I have received from individuals in every corner of NY-19 and across New York who are tired of the partisan games in Washington and are ready for new leadership," said Eldridge. "I am proud that our support has come from actual people instead of the entrenched special interests causing gridlock in Washington. Unlike most campaigns, we will not accept donations from corporate PACs because 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."