GOP State Senator Marty Golden has never struggled with fundraising, and facing his first serious challenger in years, continued to do so in his semiannual filing that just went online earlier this afternoon. Taking in $270,000 in contributions, Mr. Golden now has over $455,000 on hand as he aims to thwart Democrat Andrew Gounardes on Election Day.
“Senator Golden has given a lifetime of service to our community, through serving as a member of the NYPD, to leading the charge of small businesses, to serving in both the New York City Council and New York State Senate,”Jeffrey Kraus, Mr. Golden’s campaign manager, said in a statement posted a couple days ago on the senator’s website. “We are honored by the outpouring of support from seniors, moms, dads, and middle class families that have taken whatever they could and donated to our campaign.”
The total doesn’t represent a mammoth increase over the war chest he had six months ago, however, as he also had a heavy burn rate of over $200,000 spent. Nevertheless, he still possesses a strong cash on hand advantage over Mr. Gounardes, who has just $150,000 while posting his own decent fundraising number of just under $200,000.
As a side note, Mr. Golden has been sharply criticized for spending campaign dollars lavishly at the Bay Ridge Manor, a catering hall owned and ran by his family, but the establishment received less money from his war chest this time around: only about $9,000 compared to $39,000 in his July 2011 filing.