Robertson closes campaign funding gap with Reed

The money war rages on between 23rd Congressional District candidates Tom Reed and Martha Robertson.

New fundraising numbers announced recently show Republican incumbent Reed is in the lead by $210,000.

With $341,187 raised from June 5-30, Reed spent $228,638 and has an ending balance of $1.27 million in cash on-hand.

Democratic candidate Martha Robertson raised $283,586 over the same time period, but was conservative with her funds and ended June with a cash balance of $1.13 million.

Unitemized individual contributions to Robertson totalled $58,196. For Reed, unitemized contributions amounted to $11,168.

For second-quarter totals, Robertson has raised $451,000, and said she was honored by the 6,000 individual donors who have supported her campaign.

“The people of the 23rd District are giving us a message loud and clear that they want a representative who will fight to protect Social Security and Medicare and someone who will bring economic prosperity to the region, rather than Congressman Tom Reed who continues to vote to cut Medicare and to raise taxes on the middle class in order to protect millionaires like him and corporations that ship jobs overseas,” Robertson said.

This is Reed’s third Congressional race, and in the second quarter he has raised just over $661,000.

“Tom Reed cares about the families he has been working for since day one,” said Katherine Pudwill, Reed’s communications director.

District 23 covers 11 counties, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins and Yates counties. Portions of Ontario and Tioga counties are also represented.

“Tom’s accessibility and willingness to fight for the families in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes has resonated across all 11 counties. His involvement in the lives of the people he represents is the new normal for Western New York,” Pudwill said.

Both candidates have been involved in a nasty battle against each other.

Robertson’s campaign continues to dig for dirt on Reed, reporting he abuses taxpayer dollars with luxury cars and first-class air fare.

Robertson has also said Reed has relied on corporate money from Washington to raise campaign funds, and further alleges that he has been investigated by the House Ethics Committee regarding the continued use of his name on a law firm, violating House rules.

“There is no investigation,” Pudwill said. “Tom’s attorneys proactively reached out to the Ethics Committee immediately after he took his oath, and have again gone to the Office of Congressional Ethics to ensure everything is taken care of properly.”

Reed turns the conversation to his main focus of job creation when prompted for statements about his opponent.

For the most part, he has been silent on the topic, while both continue to hold press conferences across the 23rd District to address campaign focuses: Reed for jobs and Robertson for investing in the middle class.