Thursday, January 14, 2016

DSCC To Report $1.2M In Cash On Hand

The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee is set to report having about $1.2 million in cash on hand as the mainline conference heads into a re-election seeking a full majority in the chamber.

It’s the first time the conference is entering a presidential year — which typically draws out more Democratic voters who aid down-ballot races — with more than $1 million in the bank.

DSCC’s turnaround comes after the campaign committee was stuck in debt at the end of 2010, when Republicans regained the majority that year.

A source said the majority of the contributions to the committee in the upcoming filing came from donors, not transfers by individual conference members.

The filing comes as Democrats expect to be competitive in the Nassau County Senate seat vacated by former Majority Leader Dean Skelos in December. Skelos automatically surrendered his seat when he was convicted on corruption charges.

Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky, a freshman Democratic lawmaker and former federal prosecutor, has filed to run for Skelos’s seat.

“The money is flowing in. We’ll have plenty of money if there’s a special,” DSCC source said. “It’s the first time going into a presidential we’ve ever had over a $1 million.”

Meanwhile, Democrats hope to run competitive races elsewhere on Long Island, including the seat held by Sen. Jack Martins, who is considering a run for Congress this year.

In the Hudson Valley, Democrats are eye the district represented by Republican Sen. Bill Larkin and hope to be competitive against Sen. George Amedore.

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