Shinagawa Leads Primary Democrats in Contributions

Democratic Congressional candidate Nathan Shinagawa.

ITHACA — With just more than one week from the June 26 Democratic Primary in the New York 23rd District House race, Tompkins County Legislator Nathan Shinagawa ¬†edged past party rival Leslie Danks Burke in latest campaign contributions reported. Shinagawa, the Vice Chair of the county legislative body, raised $73,779 between April 1 and June 6, according to the Federal Election Commission. Danks Burke reported $69,903 in contributions.

However, Danks Burke reported Friday a wide lead in cash available for the final push. The Ithaca lawyer told the government she has $88,102 on hand, versus $56,577 for the hospital administrator.

Although Shinagawa’s campaign touted his “decisive grassroots fundraising advantage,” $44,791 of the $73,779 came from ActBlue, a popular online aggregator of online political contributions. “This campaign is about community, and I’m proud to say I lead with grassroots support.” Shinagawa’s supporters contributed an average of $156, according to his campaign.

For Danks Burke, much of her lead in available cash appears to have come from her checkbook. On June 6, the candidate wrote two checks to her campaign as unsecured loans for $30,000 and $20,000, according to FEC records filed Friday. Her campaign also reports owing Ithaca-based law firm Miller Mayer more than $5,000 in unspecified “legal services” during the pre-primary fundraising period. Trilogy Interactive of Mountain View, Calif. is also owed $7,900 for their work on a web site.

No FEC records could be found regarding Melissa Dobson, the other Democratic challenger of  Republican House Representative Tom Reed.

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