Riley outraises Molinaro in second quarter
Roger Hannigan Gilson reports in the Times Union that counting from April, when Democrat Josh Riley announced his second campaign for the 19th Congressional District, he has outraised Republican incumbent Rep. Marc Molinaro, according to second-quarter Federal Elections Commission figures released on July 17. From April 1 to the end of June Riley outraised Molinaro $787,933 to $606,827, or by about 30 percent. Molinaro has been raising money longer, so he has taken $1,278,612 in his reelection campaign. Riley is refusing donations from corporate political action committees, and nearly 95 percent of Riley’s donations came from individual donors. Molinaro only raised 30 percent of his money from individual donors. Molinaro raised $217,000 from more than 160 political action committees, including the Air Line Pilots Association PAC; Avangrid PAC, a single-corporation clean energy fundraising committee, and the American Crystal Sugar Company PAC, which represents the sugar cane and sugar beet industry. If they win their primary elections, Molinaro versus Riley would be a rematch of the 2022 election in the 19th Congressional District, where Molinaro defeated Riley by a two-point margin, 142,354 votes to 136,071. Read more about this story in the Times Union.