ALBANY – U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand raised more than $1.5 million in the first three months of 2012, according to recent filings with the Federal Election Commission. That’s according to a report Friday in the Albany Times-Union newspaper, which says the Democrat’s campaign spent $518,000 between Jan. 1 and the end of March.
In total, Gillibrand’s campaign has spent more than $3.25 million. The organization had $9.1 million on hand at the end of last month. About 82 percent of her campaign funds have been raised from individual contributions, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group that tracks money in politics.
Gillibrand is a former Capital Region congresswoman and is running for her first full, six-year term in the Senate. She was appointed to the seat by then-Gov. David Paterson after Hillary Clinton’s 2009 resignation, and she was elected to fill the final two years of Clinton’s unexpired term in 2010.
Three potential Republican contenders have thrown their hats into the ring. George Maragos, the Nassau County comptroller, is still running a self-funded campaign. He has spent more than $34,000 this year and has $1 million cash on hand, according to records provided by his campaign. New York City attorney Wendy Long, and Queens Congressman Bob Turner are also in the running, but trail Maragos in funding.
April 15 was the deadline for all Senate and House campaign committees to file their quarterly report for the first quarter of 2012. The FEC has not yet made all the reports publicly available.