Reed Ahead Of Robertson In Congressional Campaign Fundraising

Candidates for New York’s 23rd Congressional district don’t have much to worry about in terms of today’s primary election, except their campaign finances and the 133 days left until November’s general election.

Neither Tom Reed, R-Corning, nor his Democratic opponent Martha Robertson, have same-party challengers.

Pre-primary fundraising numbers show Reed’s job-focused campaign raised $321,781 from April to June, bringing the total amount to more than $2.2 million since January 2013.

“In our case, we were pleased we could go forward with our campaign and focus on what we have to worry about post-primary,” said Reed’s communications director Katherine Pudwill. “Fighting for jobs and economic security in the Southern Tier is what Tom always brings it back home to.”

“Jobs” is the one word Reed has used to describe the focus of his campaign, while Robertson’s priorities vary from clean energy to education and senior citizens.

Robertson’s pre-primary filings show she raised $167,988 over the course of the April-June term, with a total of $1,225,306 raised since April 2013.

In terms of cash on hand, Robertson has $882,440, which is $279,314 less than Reed. Furthermore, Reed has spent $822,777 more than his opponent for operating expenditures since 2013.

“Congressman Reed continues to stack the deck in favor of the special interests, big oil, and the ultra wealthy by shifting the burden to the middle class and seniors,” said Robertson’s campaign manager, Jordanna Zeigler. “As Martha travels the district, she hears from voters that they want someone to stand up for them in Washington, solve problems, and get things done, and we will be able to get that message to all parts of the district.”

Robertson has sat on the Tompkins County Legislature since 2002, and has been chair of the legislature since 2010.

This is Reed’s third Congressional race, and his second attempt at securing the District 23 seat. He sits on the House Ways and Means Committee.

He represented District 29 from 2009-12, when the Congressional map was redistricted and District 23 was created. He is one of six Republicans out of New York state’s 27 Congressional representatives.

District 23 covers 11 counties, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins and Yates counties. Portions of Ontario and Tioga counties are also represented.