The horse race stories on campaign fundraising have never gotten much play up here until the epic races kicked off by the Aubertine runs and subsequent Congressional races. Even now the coverage is perfunctory and never looks very deep into sources.
Actually, being publicly slathered in money isn't always a good thing as we saw with Jeb! and the success Bernie Sanders had by spurning Wall Street and special interest money.
Used to be a candidate wanted to publicize their "war chest" as a badge of validation and a bludgeon to be used against foes.
Since money is the mother's milk of politics, you need it, but now the less said about sources the better.
Few local people donate to campaigns, and a look at that would be revealing. So are all the PACs and other pols who donate.
When I first ran, the media was interested in specifically who donated as it's a window into the candidate and their associations. When I ran last year, no such interest. It's just assumed now that big money pays for our campaigns.
Given how much of it goes to local broadcasters, I am sure they are content with the system as it is and no need to roil the waters.
Looking at local races, Rep. Elise Stefanik leads in fundraising over Democrat Michael Derrick, although he has shown an ability to raise enough to run a credible challenge. The real issue is whether the national parties think the race in play. If not, TV won't make the money they would like.
The only other local race is for Assembly. Incumbent Addie Russell has little local base for donations but can rely on DACC.... None of the Republicans have significant local sources of money, or the network to gather it. They are all hoping for RACC funding.
With New York not a battleground state again this year, Presidential ad money won't be there, although 120 and others got a little infusion with the unexpectedly interesting NY primaries.
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Watertown Daily Times | Stefanik raises $301k in second quarter, more than doubles Derrick’s fundraising totals