Congressional round-up — 1st quarter PAC contributions

Here’s an interesting turn of events.

U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, received 18 times more political action committee contributions as Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, in the first quarter of 2021, and Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, received 15 times more PAC contributions than Stefanik.

Even freshman Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-Clinton, received about seven times more PAC contributions than Stefanik, who received $4,250 in PAC contributions in the first quarter, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Stefamik’s PAC contributions have all but dried up — at least temporarily, likely in part because many PACs have withheld or delayed contributions to House members that opposed certifying 2020 election results.

Stefanik more than made up for low PAC contributions in the first quarter with robust individual contributions, including $681,980 in small dollar unitized contributions of less than $200 each.

The volume of small dollar contributions is seen as an indicator of grass roots support.

Delgado received $39,501 in small dollar contributions in the first quarter, Tonko $17,250, and Tenney, $161,899.

Stefanik raised $1.11 million in the first quarter, and had $2.51 million on hand in her campaign fund, as of March 31.

Delgado raised $1.08 million in the first quarter, and had $4.07 million on hand, as of March 31.

Tonko raised $103,718 in the first quarter, and had $830,650 on hand, as of March 31.

Tenney raised $902,461 in the first quarter, and had $504,617 on hand, as of March 31, with $55,900 in campaign debt.

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