Grace Meng Leads Congressional Opponents in Fundraising

By Nigel Chiwaya on June 18, 2012 2:18pm 

Assemblywoman Grace Meng (right) is running to replace outgoing Congressman Gary Ackerman (left).
Assemblywoman Grace Meng (right) is running to replace outgoing Congressman Gary Ackerman (left).
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Assemblywoman Grace Meng's Office

QUEENS — Assemblywoman Grace Meng isn't just the darling of the Queens Democratic Party in the 6th District Congressional District race, she's also the favorite among donors.

Meng has raised over $750,000 in campaign cash, election records show. That includes cash raised by her campaign, Grace for New York, announced that it has raised over $390,000 since April 1. 

According to the campaign, Meng received contributions from 663 individuals, including 373 who donated $250 or less.

"I am truly humbled by the strong support our campaign has received in recent weeks, but this campaign is about more than financial support," Meng said in a statement. "It's about standing up for working, middle class families in Queens, making sure millionaires pay their fair share and protecting and preserving Social Security and Medicare at all costs."

Meng's primary opponents have been far less successful. While the campaigns for Assemblyman Rory Lancman and Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley did not respond to requests to share fundraising figures, Federal Election Commission data shows that neither has come close to matching Meng's cash totals as of June 6.

Records show that Lancman's campaign has raised $459,295, with Lancman himself providing $150,000. Crowley has raised just over $260,000.

Dr. Robert Mittman, a Bayside doctor, has raised just $50,705, with $50,000 of that money coming out of Mittman's own pockets.

The candidates are set to square off in a debate Monday evening.  The first will air on NY1 at 7 p.m. and the second will be at Macedonia A.M.E. Church, 37-22 Union St., near Roosevelt Avenue, in Flushing at 7:30 p.m.

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