Democrat Laura Gillen outraised Republican Anthony D’Esposito in the third quarter, reporting $580,435.11 collected just weeks before the 4th Congressional District election Nov. 8.
The two candidates raised nearly $900,000 combined from July 1 to Sept. 30, according to quarterly data from the Federal Election Commission. Contributions, spending and cash on hand are tracked in the financial disclosures for this period, which were turned in by Oct. 15.
Democratic incumbent Kathleen Rice announced Feb. 15 that she would not seek re-election in 2022. For the first time since 2014 someone new will represent the district.
Gillen, a former Hempstead town supervisor, easily defeated four other Democrats in the August primary elections. Her opponent, D’Esposito, is a Hempstead town councilman, retired NYPD detective and former Island Park Fire Department chief who ran unopposed.
D’Esposito raised $300,650.88 in the third quarter, which was about half of Gillen’s total. However, he began the fund-raising period with over three times as much cash on hand, $545,416.22, compared to Gillen’s $165,875.39.
Individual contributions were the primary source of funding for both candidates throughout this window. In this category, Gillen raised $358,973.95 against D’Esposito’s $221,559.43.
The two candidates’ other major sources of funding came from political committees, such as PACs. Gillen’s PAC contributions ($156,160.71) tripled D’Esposito’s ($50,140).
D’Esposito reported $246,468.87 in cash on hand to Gillen’s $406,738.72 by the end of the third quarter. Compared to Gillen’s $406,738,72 in operating expenditures, D’Esposito spent $588,092,78.
The 4th Congressional District currently includes the communities of Baldwin, Bellmore, East Rockaway, East Meadow, the Five Towns, Lynbrook, Floral Park, Franklin Square, Garden City, Garden City Park, Hempstead, Atlantic Beach, Long Beach, Malverne, Freeport, Merrick, Mineola, Carle Place, New Hyde Park, Oceanside, Rockville Centre, Roosevelt, Uniondale, Wantagh, West Hempstead, Westbury and parts of Valley Stream.