Balter Fundraising Powers Past Katko on the Strength of Small Donors


Challenger Outraises Incumbent Three-to-One Again, Has Cash Lead for Final Weeks

Dana Balter again tripled the incumbent’s fundraising over the first two weeks of October – $367,119 to $122,474. Heading into the final three weeks of the campaign, Balter will have nearly $100,000 more cash on hand. John Katko knew by October 1 that his financial advantage was eroding fast, but he hasn’t been able to turn the tide.

Even a big fundraiser with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan couldn’t make up the difference. Katko reported raising almost $93,000 in large contributions after the pre-election deadline from the Republican leader’s visit, mostly from corporate executives and political action committees. Several of the reported contributions appear to have been in excess of federal election limits.

Balter received 6,122 contributions over two weeks, and has since crossed 75,000 for the full election cycle. Once again her contributions from small donors (under $200) were more than ten times the total for Katko – $95,671.24 to $9,093.98. And Balter’s support came overwhelmingly from individuals (91.8%), in contrast to Katko’s 48.7% – the rest came from PACs and party committees.

Katko’s full report can be viewed here, the 48-hour report from his event with Speaker Ryan here, and Balter’s full report be viewed here, and 48-hour reports here.

Information is provided by the Dana Balter Campaign.

Dana Balter is a lifelong educator whose commitment to dignity and access for everyone began early when she helped her brother stand up to bullies who targeted his cognitive disabilities. She returned to her family roots in upstate New York when she enrolled at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School in 2003. Most recently, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses there in citizenship, public policy, administration, and democracy.

Dana began her campaign in her living room in Syracuse’s Outer Comstock neighborhood. That campaign has grown into a massive grassroots movement committed to showing up, listening, and standing up for the people of central and western New York.