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Which Harlem Congressional Candidate Raised the Most Money in 2015

By Gustavo Solis | February 4, 2016 2:14pm
 Organizers billed this as the race,
Organizers billed this as the race, "to replace the legacy of Congressman Charles B. Rangel."
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HARLEM — The chairman of the New York Football Giants is putting his money on Keith Wright to replace Charles Rangel in the House of Representatives.

Steve Tisch donated $2,700 — the limit for individual contributions — to the state assemblyman’s congressional campaign. In 2015, Wright raised more than $345,000 from individual donors, according to data from the Federal Election Commission.

Last year he spent about $120,000 mostly on lawyers and consulting services, leaving him with $269,000 on hand — more than any other candidate.

Clyde Williams, the former advisor to President Bill Clinton, has $189,000 cash on hand. State Senator Adriano Espaillat has $102,000, but owes more than $100,000 in debt, records show.

Adam Clayton Powell IV has $77,000, Suzan Johnson Cook has $66,000, stay-at-home parent Michael Gallagher has $27,000, and State Senator Bill Perkins has $18,500, according to the commission.

State Assemblyman Guillermo Linares raised more than $21,000 through his committee Linares for Congress but his name does not appear as a candidate on the FEC's website. 

A spokeswoman said Linares submitted his statement of organization but she could not immediately locate his statement of candidacy. It is not too late for him to file one, she added. 

Apart from the New York Giants Chairman, other donors to Wright’s campaign include former Governor Elliot Spitzer and Steven Rubenstein of the PR Firm. Other contributions came from lawyers, developers and business owners.

Williams’ top contributions have come from donors in New York, California, Florida, Maryland, and Washington D.C. They include a mix of business owners, consultants, corporate executives, homemakers and retired people.

None of Senator Espaillat’s donors have reached the $2,700 limit for individual contributions. The top three contributions are for $2,000 and come from a doctor, the owner of a super market and a man named Jose Castillo who did not list an occupation.