Riley reports raising $775,000
Jeff Coltin reports in City and State that Democrat Josh Riley announced on July 6 that his campaign for the 19th Congressional District nomination raised over $775,000 in the first fundraising quarter. Riley lost to Republican Marc Molinaro in the 2022 election for the Congressional seat, one of the districts in New York where Republicans flipped control from Democrats. Riley released his fundraising totals ahead of the July 15 federal filing deadline. Earlier in the year, from January to March, Molinaro raised $494,000 and transferred in another $145,000. Much of Molinaro's fundraising came from corporate political action committees such as MetLife, Honeywell, and Pepsi, while Riley is not taking donations from corporate PACs. The New York Post first reported that at least two political action committees have sent fundraising emails from former Senator Al Franken, asking for donations to Riley’s campaign. And while Riley raised money with Franken's help, so did Molinaro, sending out a letter asking for donations because, “We can’t allow disgraced Hollywood elites like Al Franken to interfere in our elections.” In the 2022 election Riley outraised Molinaro $4.2 million to $2.5 million, with another $3 million in outside spending, split roughly evenly between the two candidates. Read more about this story in City and State.