Rich Becker Has Questions for Sean Patrick Maloney

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Earlier this evening, Democratic congressional candidate Rich Becker challenged the fundraising of one of his primary challengers, Sean Patrick Maloney, by releasing three “questions” for Mr. Maloney, who announced he raised a solid $320,000 this afternoon.

Addressing Mr. Maloney by his first name, Mr. Becker’s campaign spokesman Barry Caro wanted to know, “1) How much money did Sean raise from inside the 18th District? … 2)  How much of Sean’s money can actually be spent on the primary, versus the general election? … 3) How much money is Sean’s campaign spending on paid canvassers to get him on the ballot, and how much of that is in this report?”

A few of these questions have probable answers. For example, Mr. Maloney, whose announcement indicated he spent only about $10,000 so far on his campaign, probably hasn’t spent gigantic sums to gather signatures — or on anything else — yet.

And, as Mr. Maloney lives in New York City and campaigned statewide for Attorney General in the past, it’s reasonably likely that a good chunk of his fundraising came from outside the Hudson Valley Congressional District, a point Mr. Becker’s campaign is clearly looking to highlight.

Mr. Caro also aggressively hinted Mr. Becker’s own fundraising will be able to match Mr. Maloney’s, stating, “Sean Maloney seems to be counting on a financial advantage in this race; if so, he’s going to be in for a rude awakening later this week.”

The full details of all of the campaigns’ fundraising will be made clearer by April 15th, the federal filing deadline for the previous quarter.

Wappinger Falls Mayor Matt Alexander is also campaigning vigorously for the June 26th primary, the winner of which will earn the right to challenge GOP Rep. Nan Hayworth in the fall.

 

View Mr. Becker’s full press release below:

Becker campaign spokesman Barry Caro issued the following statement on Sean Maloney’s fundraising numbers:

Sean’s press release today raises more questions than answers. Here are three that jump to mind.

1) How much money did Sean raise from inside the 18th District? That number will be a clear sign of how much support Sean is getting from Democrats in the district. By way of comparison, as of the last round of FEC filings Dr. Becker had raised 86% of his donations from Nan Hayworth’s constituents.

2) How much of Sean’s money can actually be spent on the primary, versus the general election?

3) How much money is Sean’s campaign spending on paid canvassers to get him on the ballot, and how much of that is in this report? Our campaign has been overwhelmed with volunteers and has not had to spend any money on the petitioning process beyond the costs of printing and distributing petitions.

Sean Maloney seems to be counting on a financial advantage in this race; if so, he’s going to be in for a rude awakening later this week.