Michael Grimm Fundraising Comes to Near Halt in June
Posted at 1:35 p.m. on July 15
Grimm's fundraising has slowed since his indictment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Embattled Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., raised just $23,000 from June 5 to June 30, as he continues to struggle for donations to his troubled re-election campaign in his Staten Island district.
Grimm finished the month with $1 million still in cash on hand but was $439,000 in debt, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday.
The incumbent faces tough odds for re-election after being indicted in late April on multiple fraud charges. That led to an immediate plunge in campaign contributions, as he raised $47,000 from April 1 to June 4.
And he faces a top Democratic recruit in former New York City Councilmember Domenic M. Recchia Jr.
Recchia had not filed his second-quarter report with the FEC as of press time. Reports are due by the end of Tuesday. As of June 4, before the primary, he reported nearly $1.1 million in cash on hand.
President Barack Obama carried New York’s 11th District by 4 points in 2012. That fact, coupled with Grimm’s legal struggles, make this district one of the best pickup opportunities for Democrats this fall.
The race is rated Leans Democratic by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.