Congressman Joe Crowley is running for reelection in a highly Democratic district without any announced opposition, but he’s not slouching off on his fundraising.
According to his recently filed campaign finance report, he raised $553,729 in the first three months of this year, leaving him with an impressive $1.1 million cash on hand. This is more than candidates running in actually competitive races typically raise.
His district, reconfigured in redistricting and stretching from Queens to the Bronx (Mr. Crowley spent money trying to influence the redistricting process), contains a strong Latino plurality. However, his giant pot of cash and his stature as the head of the Queens County Democratic Party would be a significant deterrent for any aspiring politician in future years to considering running against him in a primary.
Additionally, Mr. Crowley, an official in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, raises significant amount of money for his colleagues in more challenging races than his own.