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Oct 28, 2014 4:49 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bishop Outpacing Zeldin In Donations, Spending

Oct 29, 2014 9:34 AM

As the 2014 election season draws to a close, tenure reigns supreme on the fundraising circuit, and it’s paying dividends on the campaign trail for incumbent U.S. Representative Tim Bishop.

Mr. Bishop continued to outpace his opponent, State Senator Lee Zeldin, in donations received during the past financial quarter. Mr. Bishop’s donations stacked up from the likes of billionaire Democratic donor George Soros, movie studio head Harvey Weinstein and fashion designer Tory Burch, and were used to pay for legal services, fundraising consultations and media buys.

Mr. Bishop raised $700,001 between July 1 and September 30, according to his campaign committee’s most recent third-quarter filing with the Federal Election Commission, surpassing Mr. Zeldin’s $659,454. Since the beginning of the election, Mr. Bishop has out-raised Mr. Zeldin by more than a million dollars, collecting $2.66 million to his challenger’s $1.64 million.

“We raised $700,000, the most we’ve ever raised in a three-month quarter, and the three quarters combined have been our best three,” Mr. Bishop said. “From April 1 through September 30, we raised $1.2 million. That’s pretty damn good.”

Notable donors for Mr. Zeldin include New York City-based Republican super-donor David Koch, former congressional candidate Randy Altschuler, and Donald Trump. The majority of Mr. Zeldin’s contributions—roughly $1.3 million—have come from individual donors, with $268,173 coming from various political action committees, or PACs, and the remaining $34,156 from various party committees.

Along with the $1.5 million in individual contributions his campaign received, many of Mr. Bishop’s donations came from PACs primarily funded by unions, including the Service Employees International Union, the United Auto Workers and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFL-CIO, totaling $1.15 million. PAC to the Future, run by Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy’s Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, contributed $10,000, while the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee gave $47,851.

While both candidates had their highest donation totals of the campaign in the third quarter, they also did the most spending in that time frame, with Mr. Zeldin shelling out $620,212 between July 1 and October 15, bringing his total spending to $1.3 million and leaving him with $308,200 on hand, according to FEC filings. Mr. Bishop more than doubled his opponent’s spending with $1.3 million in net expenditures during the same time frame, bringing his total expenditures to $2.15 million and leaving him with $674,095 on hand.

Mr. Zeldin entered the general election campaign at a disadvantage, trailing Mr. Bishop by nearly a million dollars in cash on hand with just $136,358 to the incumbent’s $1,129,952, due in part to a primary challenge from former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission prosecutor George Demos. Mr. Zeldin had to shell out $129,046 despite raising only $115,795, while Mr. Bishop brought in $349,137 despite spending only $27,963.

Despite the fundraising and spending efforts by both candidates, the majority of the spending in the race for New York’s 1st District has come from the outside organizations known as 501(c)(4) nonprofits, or more colloquially as Super PACs, which are able to spend limitlessly as long as they have no direct contact with political parties or candidates.

Thus far, Super PACs have spent more than $7.4 million between the two candidates, more than on any other race in the state, putting this one among the top 10 races nationwide in terms of independent expenditures.

Once again, Mr. Bishop is on the winning end of this battle, with $4.9 million being spent primarily to bash Mr. Zeldin. Of that, $1.9 million of that is from Americans for Common Sense, $1.55 million is from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and $1.22 million is from the House Majority PAC.

“I have no problem with being the recipient of factual attack ads, but the ads that have targeted me throughout this last month and a half just haven’t been factually accurate, just one allegation after another that was completely untrue,” Mr. Zeldin said.

Mr. Zeldin has benefited from $3.7 million in outside spending, including $1.37 million from the American Action Network and $2.1 million from the National Republican Congressional Committee.

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Sorry, can't vote for a Koch head.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 29, 14 8:48 AM
A fortune based on laying the foundation of a Communist empire's petroleum industry? Dark money, corruption, and pollution? The purchasing of Democracy perhaps?

Even Carnegie and Rockefeller engaged in "philanthropy" while those in their employ were denied the rights all workers today often take for granted. And, those workers for the most part lived in squalor on a meager wage. One poor shot at redemption a thousand sins does not erase...
Nov 2, 14 8:01 AM appended by Mr. Z
"All citizens took for granted that a society could not long remain [Democratic] Republican if a tiny minority controlled most of the wealth, and the bulk of the population remained dependent servants or poor landless laborers." ~ Gordon S. Wood
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 2, 14 8:01 AM

Do they now detest the John Birch society, and aristocracy as well? The oldest sins cast the longest shadows...
Nov 2, 14 8:20 AM appended by Mr. Z
You may also want to research what was called "Triad" back in 1996 in Kansas.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 2, 14 8:20 AM
You do realize that the "scandal" never actually existed, and the IRS targeted non-profits on both sides. The funneling of dark money IS prevalent among the groups which were "targeted". The "Tea Party" has a history going back to 2001, and it was begun by the Koch brothers. We have screenshots. They still hold the rights to the URL via their group "Americans for Prosperity". Lerner is a staunch opponent of "Citizens United". That alone makes her a GOP target.

Sorry Charlie, but they ...more
Nov 2, 14 9:11 AM appended by Mr. Z
And, the "missing e-mails" were lost well over a YEAR before any IG report or the launching of any investigation.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 2, 14 9:11 AM
I do have an interrogative for you.

Why was the non-profit status for "Emerge" revoked, and who are they?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 2, 14 9:29 AM
Raked across the coals by the IRS, and not a conservative group.

By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 2, 14 2:29 PM

Bishop is getting his money from the Hollywood elite on the eastend.

Zeldin is with the working man.
By LongIslander (43), HAMPTON BAYS on Oct 31, 14 3:27 PM
Once again- Z knocking someone for being successful, evil Capitalist. Phill doing his little cheer for the Demokrat Party. Mr Z what in the world is wrong with being successful? The Koch bros companies employee thousands, they are philanthropists and own a home here that employees LOCAL families. Time for you to shuffle off to Cuba, you would love living in a worker's paradise.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Nov 2, 14 7:46 AM
Wow, showing off your vast intellect again.

The success of a Republic depends on the conduct of it's citizens. Avarice, greed, corruption, and a love affair with ostentation and "luxury" leads to aristocracy and Oligarchy, not to a healthy Commonwealth. Even Thomas Jefferson himself would look at the economic inequality in this country and damn the iniquity which it has created in this Republic.

If you can't buy and education, work for one.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 2, 14 7:55 AM
Your "free market fundamentalism" at work. Nice job...

Massive Dumping of Fracking Wastewater into Aquifers Shows Big Oil’s Power in California

By Dan Bacher

As the oil industry spent record amounts on lobbying in Sacramento and made record profits, documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity reveal that almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater were illegally dumped into Central California aquifers that supply drinking water and irrigation ...more
Nov 2, 14 3:04 PM appended by Mr. Z
It is no surprise that the State Senators who voted no on the fracking moratorium bill received 14 times more money in campaign contributions from the oil industry than those who voted no on the measure.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 2, 14 3:04 PM
Just get out and vote. We know who Tim Bishop is by now. Just remember that he supported the ACA when it all comes crashing down. IMO, that garbage law is the enemy of small business and job growth. Anyone who voted for it will not get my vote.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 2, 14 10:18 AM
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By NTiger (543), Southampton on Nov 2, 14 8:38 PM
That model is a wreck.

Brownback has destroyed Kansas' economy via Libertarian fiscal policy.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 2, 14 9:13 PM
The state of Kansas is the model for what future if the far right wing of the republican party attains national dominance. The state of the economy in Kansas makes the ACA look like a paradigm of good government at work.

Neither left nor right seems to have the answers to what ails our nation or for that matter our global economy. Until such time as the centrists in both of our national parties retake control of their respective parties we will continue on our downward trail.

Bishop ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Nov 2, 14 8:38 PM
IMHO by voting for Obamacare , Tim has proven that he is incapable of representing the will of his constituents. Adios !
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Nov 3, 14 6:43 AM