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The Times
  • Hanna leads congressional fundraising in new 22nd District

  • U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, continues to hold a fundraising lead over his challengers for the new 22nd Congressional District race, according to the most recent reports.

    Hanna’s campaign committee has been buoyed by an existing nest egg and contributions from political action committees and has $356,574 in cash on hand. Hanna has raised $89,343 from April 1 to June 6.

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  • U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, continues to hold a fundraising lead over his challengers for the new 22nd Congressional District race, according to the most recent reports.
    Hanna’s campaign committee has been buoyed by an existing nest egg and contributions from political action committees and has $356,574 in cash on hand. Hanna has raised $89,343 from April 1 to June 6.
    Democrat challenger Dan Lamb of Dryden has $60,493 in cash on hand, and raised $38,293 over that timeframe.
    Lamb received no money from political action committees, and his spokesman pointed out that more than two-thirds of the funds came from contributions of less than $200.
    “We’re running a middle-class campaign by contributions from regular New Yorkers, not millionaires and billionaires,” spokesman Mike Morosi said.
    Morosi pointed out that Lamb only has been a formal candidate since late March, and said he expects fundraising to ramp up as Lamb increases his name recognition.
    Hanna faces a challenge in the June 26 primary from Earlville Republican Mike Kicinski.
    Kicinski, a member of the Norwich Tea Party Patriots, shows no preprimary report on the Federal Election Commission website. He refused to discuss any aspect of fundraising for his campaign.
    Campaigns that have received $5,000 or less are not required to file reports, according to an FEC spokesman. Also, campaigns that have raised $50,000 or less are not required to file electronically, which means the possibility of an on-time filing through regular mail that has not yet been received by the FEC.
    Hanna, who also will appear on the Independence Party line, still outraised Lamb in individual donors with $51,043, since the beginning of April, bringing in $38,300 from political action committees.
    “Congressman Hanna is grateful for those who are able to invest their time, energy or resources in support of our campaign,” said Renee Gamela, a Hanna spokeswoman, in a statement. “He looks forward to continuing to represent the people of Upstate New York.”
    Hanna spent $77,879 over the same period, while Lamb spent $22,795.
    Across the country, more money is washing to Republicans during this campaign cycle, said Robert Spitzer, chairman of the political science department at SUNY Cortland.
    Spitzer pointed out how much more money is being raised in the nearby new 24th Congressional District race. Incumbent Republican Ann Marie Buerkle raised $263,686 since the beginning of April, while Democratic challenger Dan Maffei posted receipts of $140,615 over that span.
    The FEC has not posted preprimary reports from Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum, who also is running.
    Spitzer said higher amounts of money usually mean a race is perceived as highly competitive. But he acknowledged that it’s early in the general election campaign, and said Lamb could get residual benefits from a ticket that includes President Barack Obama and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who are popular Democrats in the state.

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