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Posted at 8:57 a.m. on June 13, 2014
Embattled Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., is struggling to fundraise for his campaign after a federal indictment, according to reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.
Grimm brought in $47,000 for his campaign between April 1 and June 4, according to his pre-primary fundraising report.
That’s far less than the $144,000 that his Democratic opponent, former New York City Councilmember Domenic M. Recchia Jr., raised in the same period.
Recchia now has a financial advantage over Grimm, banking $1.07 million to Grimm’s $1 million.
That disparity will likely grow. Grimm ‘s campaign experienced a sharp drop in contributions after federal officials indicted the congressman on 20 charges in late April. Grimm brought in just $13,750 between May 3 and June 4, according to the report.
The primary is June 24, and both Recchia and Grimm are expected to secure their respective party nods.
Grimm’s seat marks one of Democrats’ best pick-up opportunities in November. President Barack Obama carried the Staten Island-based district by a 4-point margin in 2012.
New York’s 11th District is rated a Leans Democratic contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.