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Jul 17, 2012 3:20 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Campaign Diary: Bishop Outraises Altschuler In Third Quarter

Jul 19, 2012 1:04 PM

Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Bishop raised more money than Republican challenger Randy Altschuler according to the latest federal campaign filing due last Sunday.

Mr. Bishop raised $64,252 more than his challenger between June 7 and June 30, amassing $192,635 to Mr. Altschuler’s $128,383, according to Federal Election Commission documents. He also raised $47,412, more than Mr. Altschuler in the third quarter, according to the Bishop campaign—$420,119 to $372,707.

The congressman touted the achievement in a recent news release.

“I’m honored and humbled by this outpouring of support,” Mr. Bishop said. “The middle-class families of this district know that I am an honest, independent voice for them in Congress, and I couldn’t be more pleased by their backing.”

Mr. Bishop also has significantly more cash on hand than Mr. Altschuler, according to the documents. He ended the reporting period with $1,535,394.61 to Mr. Altschuler’s $798,816.58.

The latest news on the fundraising front is in contrast to the recent trend in which Mr. Altschuler raised more money than Mr. Bishop during three federal filing periods in a row—in the first and second quarters, and most recently in a 12-day primary preelection report.

Asked if the campaign was worried about the numbers, Diana Weir, Mr. Altschuler’s campaign manger, replied “not at all.” She also pointed out that Mr. Bishop has a fundraising advantage as an incumbent.

And, she added, “We did outraise him for the three previous filings.”

Labor Endorsement Secured

The Long Island Federation of Labor recently endorsed Mr. Bishop in his reelection bid.

Labor officials touted Mr. Bishop’s record of delivering for middle-class families on Long Island in a July 12 press release issued by the congressman’s campaign.

“Congressman Tim Bishop knows that there is only one way to strengthen our economy, and that is through the creation and retention of good jobs,” said Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO, in a statement. “He has stood up for project labor agreements and collective bargaining rights, not because it’s the politically popular thing to do, but because he understands that they ensure quality work and protect the economic well-being of workers. We need to reelect Tim Bishop, so that he can continue to fight for jobs and middle-class families throughout Suffolk County and our country.”

Partnering with labor is crucial to the growth of the economy, Mr. Bishop said in the statement.

“Standing shoulder to shoulder with labor will help this country and this district grow from the middle class out—not the top down,” Mr. Bishop said. “I will continue to support efforts that allow workers to bargain together to improve their working conditions, improve their standard of living, and ensure quality work.”

Altschuler Fundraiser

Mr. Altschuler is hosting a breakfast fundraiser with former Republican Florida Governor Jeb Bush on July 25 at the Women’s National Republican Club in New York City.

The fundraiser will take place between 8 and 9:30 a.m., according to a copy of the invitation. It costs $500 per person or $2,500 for a host committee member.

Luncheon rescheduled

An East Hampton Chamber of Commerce luncheon with Mr. Altschuler as a guest speaker originally slated for July 26 has been postponed, according to Marina Van, the group’s executive director. The event has been rescheduled to September 20. The venue has yet to be announced, she said in an email.

State Senate Primary

Democrats Jennifer Maertz and Bridget Fleming filed election petitions last week qualifying them for a primary election to challenge longtime Republican New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle this November.

Ms. Maertz and Ms. Fleming both filed the necessary signature petitions with the Suffolk County Board of Elections last Thursday, according to Democratic commissioner Anita Katz.

Ms. Fleming filed petitions for both the Democratic and Working Families Party lines, according to a recent press release issued by her campaign. She secured 1,788 signatures on the Democratic petitions and 88 signatures on her Working Families petition.

Ms. Fleming’s campaign had raised $53,908.26 as of the July 11 New York State Board of Elections campaign finance filing deadline, according to the statement. Campaign finance documents were not immediately available on the state’s website on Monday evening. The deadline to file the July 2012 periodic report was Monday.

“In just a few months, our campaign has raised over $52,000, mostly by way of small donations from residents of eastern Suffolk County,” said Ms. Fleming in the statement. “We gathered 70 percent more signatures than we needed for the Democratic line from voters throughout the district. The outpouring of support clearly indicates voter dissatisfaction with the closed door policies of the Long Island Senate

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Bishop could raise a billion dollars I don't care; he needs to go.
By MickNY (43), East Hampton on Jul 20, 12 9:12 AM
The campaign of State Senate candidate Jennifer Maertz has just reported total contributions of $5,990 for this period. So that's just shy of $6,000 versus just shy of $54,000 for Bridget Fleming.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jul 21, 12 9:44 AM