Outraised Three-to-One by Balter, Incumbent’s Cash Lead Shrinks

According to the Dana Balter campaign, Congressman John Katko, the two-term incumbent reported lackluster fundraising for the 3rd quarter this afternoon, failing to break the half-million dollar mark.

Democratic challenger Dana Balter has filed her report showing over $1.54 million raised over the same period in over 44,000 contributions averaging just $35. More than 96% of contributions to Balter’s campaign were under $100 – a stark contrast from Katko’s corporate- and PAC-heavy report.

At the end of June, Katko’s cash on hand advantage was $1.5 million. Now, that’s shrunk to under $50,000 as the Congressman spent heavily to try to defend his record.

Comparing the reports:

  • Almost 70% of Katko’s total raised came from Political Action and other authorized committees, against just 13% for Balter’s total raised.
  • Balter raised 12 times more than Katko from donors who gave under $200.
  • By individual contributions alone, Balter outraised Katko’s entire effort more than two-to-one.

Katko also had some interesting spending over the last three months:

  • $76,636 in “temporary staffing services” over 9 transactions
  • $1,116.83 for private air service in July
  • And $450.19 at Hamptons Limousine

Katko’s full report can be viewed here, and Balter’s can be viewed here.

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.