Congressman Charlie Rangel, who’s been hospitalized with a back injury for much of the much of the last three months but is nevertheless facing one of the stiffest reelection challenges of his career, did not raise a significant amount of money in his Federal Elections Commission report that just just landed online.
While Mr. Rangel is likely to increase his fundraising efforts now that he’s out and about, he is still not at his old health levels and was last seen using a walker.
Additionally, he has only about $220,000 on hand, which is not a strong position for an incumbent facing a tough campaign. On the other hand, Mr. Rangel is an institution in Harlem and he doesn’t need money to increase his name recognition, something Mr. Rangel’s main rivals, State Senator Adriano Espaillat and former DNC political director Clyde Williams, will need to do.
Mr. Williams has already raised over $120,000 this quarter, and has around $200,000 on hand, according to his campaign, placing him in rough financial parity with Mr. Rangel.*
Mr. Espaillat hasn’t reported his fundraising yet, but as he’s only recently entered the race, his total might not be expected to be as high.
Businesswoman Joyce Johnson, who ran in 2010 as well, is also in contention for the June 26th Democratic primary.
*This sentence was updated upon receiving more specific information from Mr. Williams’ campaign.