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October 18, 2007

Numbers show Gillibrand in fundraising lead

Has raised more than $2 million, more than double Treadwell's efforts

LAKE PLACID -- Third-quarter filings with the Federal Election Commission show freshman Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand has a big lead in New York District 20 campaign fundraising.

Gillibrand's bid for re-election in 2008 has topped $2 million in contributions with $601,777.91 raised in the last three months.

The Democrat has spent more than half a million dollars total on campaign efforts, staff and travel so far, and reported $1.6 million cash on hand.

Gillibrand's spokeswoman, Rachel McEneany, said 82 percent of third-quarter re-election contributions came from New York supporters.

Of four Republican challengers hoping to unseat Gillibrand, Alexander "Sandy" Treadwell, of Lake Placid, has raised $822,014, including $320,000 of his own money, a figure twice the combined amount in war chests of three other Republican contenders.

Treadwell, 61, announced his bid for Congress last April and has spent just more than $185,000 in the election cycle to date.

More than half of Treadwell's support came in increments less than $200 with contributions from people in all 10 counties of District 20, according to Campaign Manager Bill McGahay.

Treadwell is former secretary of state and past chairman of the state Republican Committee.

He recently was guest of honor at an Essex County Republican picnic and fundraiser held at former Gov. George Pataki's South Meadow farm in Essex.

But he will face at least three other GOP candidates in the primary 11 months from now.

Richard Wager, 36, of Millbrook, Dutchess County, has raised nearly $249,000, including $36,000 in funds he loaned the campaign.

Wager, an attorney who previously worked for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reported spending $88,000 in his bid for Congress so far.

Michael Rocque, of Whitehall, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, has raised just more than $120,000, including $10,000 in loans, since announcing his candidacy last spring. Rocque has spent about $63,300.

John Wallace, a former state police deputy superintendent and realtor from Chatham, Columbia County, reported net contributions of $1,400 as of Sept. 30 and has spent just over $2,500, leaving $3,600 cash on hand.

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