PLATTSBURGH — Congresswoman Elise Stefanik's 2020 re-election campaign raised $200,000 more during the third quarter than Democratic candidate Tedra Cobb's, press releases from their campaigns show.
“This record level of support reflects my independent record of always putting the North Country first, and of reaching across the aisle to deliver real results for our district,” Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) said in a statement.
“I look forward to continuing to build our tremendous grassroots network of volunteers and supporters, and to winning in 2020.”
Information provided by the campaigns show Stefanik supporters contributed $450,000 from July through September while Cobb supporters donated $250,000, bringing their respective cash on hand totals to $1.3 million and more than $500,000.
Stefanik's third-quarter donations — which came from all 12 counties in New York's 21st Congressional District — "reflect the strongest off-year financial and political support of any candidate in district history, and underscore the commanding advantage over failed 2018 candidate and current 2020 Democrat Tedra Cobb," the release said.
The campaign also noted that E-PAC, the congresswomen's organization which aims to elect more GOP women, raised more than $95,000 for the third quarter, bringing its fundraising total to $500,000.
"Stefanik has already contributed the maximum allowable amount to all current female Republican incumbents, and has been in contact with over 200 interested female candidates, some of whom decided to run for Congress during E-PAC's launch event in January," the release said.
E-PAC has donated a total of $125,000 to 24 women who are Republican candidates and congressional incumbents; the first slate of E-PAC-supported candidates will be announced later in the fall and additional recruits will be added later in this election cycle.
Cobb — a Canton-based small business owner who served two terms on the St. Lawrence County Legislature — is currently the 21st Congressional District's only 2020 Democratic hopeful registered through the Federal Election Commission.
Two-thirds of her third-quarter campaign contributions — which came from 1,935 individual donors — came from inside the district, and 85 percent came from New York State, the press release said.
Additionally, none of the money came from corporate PACs or insurance and pharmaceutical companies.
Cobb's campaign fundraising total is now more than $655,000.
She said in a statement that she is proud of the support her campaign has received.
“People are tired of the gridlock in Washington and Congresswoman Stefanik is part of the problem," she continued.
"Stefanik has spent her career in D.C. climbing the partisan political ladder and supporting policies that hurt northern New York families.
"The differences between us couldn’t be more clear. I have spent 30 years fighting for northern New York families, whether it was to expand access to health care, lower the cost of prescription drugs, or as a volunteer firefighter."