According to spokesman Glen Caplin, the junior senator took in a little over $3 million in the last quarter, slightly less than the $3.28 million she took in during the previous quarter. She has $5.84 million on hand.
Part of the reason that Gillibrand is out early with her fundraising numbers is that she is one of only a handful of senators who file their disclosure reports electronically. Last fundraising period only 8 other senators followed suit. Gillibrand has signed on as a sponsor to a bill by Montana Senator Jon Tester that would require senators to file electronically in order to increase transparency. Members of the House of Representatives and the President must file electronically.
After getting appointed to the senate seat by Gov. David Paterson in 2009, Gillibrand faced statewide voters for the first time last fall and beat former Republican Congressman Joe DioGuardi with 63 percent of the vote. DioGuardi has suggested that he may try for a rematch, and Nassau County comptroller George Maragos is looking into a challenge as well.
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