U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has nearly nine times as much cash on hand at this point for her re-election bid as Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb.

Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, has $632,310 as of March 31 of this year, compared with $71,270 for Cobb, according to the quarterly filing with the Federal Election Commission.

Stefanik had $352,229 on hand at the beginning of the year and collected $360,000 in contributions. She spent $80,000 this quarter.

By contrast, Cobb had $39,321 at the start of 2019 and collected $46,562 in donations. She spent $14,613.

About 96 percent of Stefanik’s individual donations came from outside the NY-21 Congressional District, according to an analysis by The Post-Star.

The remaining contributions came from constituents in the district, which includes Warren, Washington, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties and portions of Saratoga and Herkimer counties. New York state was the top place for contributions to her campaign, followed closely by California and Virginia. Stefanik also received nearly a dozen contributions from Puerto Rico.

In addition, Stefanik collected about $125,000 from political action committees, including $75,000 from the Take Back the House 2020 committee, about $25,000 from the Elise Victory Fund and the remaining from a variety of business industries, including the sectors of health care, technology, aviation and finance.

In addition, Stefanik’s E-PAC organization to recruit and elect Republican women to run in primaries has raised $280,000 since its re-launch, according to a news release.

Stefanik said in a news release she is pleased with the support she has received.

“While I remain focused on constituent service and on addressing a full array of legislative challenges affecting our district, I’m grateful for the generous campaign support across the North Country,” Stefanik said in a news release. “Supporters in each of our 12 counties know my record of putting our district first, and of delivering results for our small businesses, our veteran and military service members, our farmers, and for our families.”

By contrast, about 78 percent of Cobb’s donations came from within the district. Cobb did not receive any money from political action committees.

Cobb, of Canton, did not return a Post-Star message on Tuesday seeking comment. Cobb said Monday, the day she announced she would again challenge Stefanik, that she had just begun fundraising efforts.

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Michael Goot covers politics, business, the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com and follow his blog at http://poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.


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