U.S. Rep. Anthony D’Esposito (R-Island Park) raised nearly $600,000 during the three-month period covering April through June, according to a quarterly report from the Federal Election Commission.
D’Esposito’s contributions of $592,453 mark a 13.8% decrease from the $674,521 raised last quarter but is still more than both Democratic hopefuls–former Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen and Olympic gold medalist skater Sarah Hughes– reported receiving when added together.
D’Esposito is one of 18 House Republicans–alongside indicted 3rd District Rep. George Santos–who represent districts President Joe Biden won in 2020. Biden won NY-4 by 17 points. In New York, Democrats lost six congressional races last year that Biden carried in 2020.
The Island Park congressman finished the reporting period with $931,456 cash on hand while approximately 36% of his fund-raising efforts came from PACs and another 36% came from individuals.
Gillen, who lost to D’Esposito for the 4th Congressional District seat in 2022, reported raising $373,336 last quarter with $340,031 in the bank. Gillen reported $6,000 raised from PACs.
Gillen served as Hempstead’s supervisor from 2018 to 2019 after defeating incumbent Anthony Santino. She was the first Democrat to be sworn into the position in over 100 years.
Prior to serving as supervisor, Gillen worked at the law firm of Westerman Ball Ederer Miller Zucker & Sharfstein.
Hughes, who grew up in Great Neck, reported raising $108,751 last quarter with $104,961 cash on hand. All of Hughes’ contributions came form individuals.
Hughes took home the gold medal for the women’s singles figure skating event during the 2002 Winter Olympics, defeating Michelle Kwan, who took bronze, and Irina Slutskaya, who took silver. The Great Neck North High School graduate is the only American woman to have won the Olympic title without having won either a World or U.S. senior national title.
After graduation, she attended Yale University, earning her bachelor’s degree in American studies with a concentration in U.S. politics and communities.
Three of the five Democrats who have filed to run for the 4th District—Lawrence Henry, Patricia Maher and Gian Jones—did not report any funds raised this quarter
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.
District lines may change ahead of the 2024 election due to an Appellate Division ruling Thursday that rendered the new House maps approved last year as only a temporary fix.