Chin, Squadron Raise Money For 2013 Campaigns

Margaret Chin attended a City Hall rally in December.

Candidates for citywide offices were required to file campaign finance disclosure statements this week.  There’s more evidence District 1 City Council member Margaret Chin is gearing up for her re-election bid.

The latest report shows her campaign has collected $97,190 so far from 711 donors. The average contribution was $136.  The biggest check was $2000 from Phillip Lam of Green City Realty.  One other potential candidate, Jenifer Rajkumar, has filed to run in District 1, but she hadn’t previously reported campaign contributions.  Rajkumar is a district leader and Battery Park City resident. District 1 includes most of Lower Manhattan, including the Lower East Side.

One other filing of local interest. State Senator Daniel Squadron, who’s planning to run for Public Advocate, had raised $446,543 from 832 contributors, as of the July disclosure report.  The average donation was $535.  About 20 donors contributed $4,950, including Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson, Ravenel Curry of Eagle Capital Investors and philanthropist Laurie Tisch.  So far Squadron’s campaign has spent about $74,000.  Squadron is scheduled to release his updated fundraising report later today.

The filing deadline is today.  if you would like to have a detailed look at contributions to any candidate running for citywide office, the Campaign Finance Board’s web site has  a searchable database.

UPDATED 4:39 p.m. This afternoon’s Squadron’s office out out a press release announcing that the campaign had raised $375,000 in direct donations in the ast six months, raising his total to $1.6 million.  Council member Tish James and Reshma Saujani (who unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Carolyn Maloney two years ago) are also competing in the Public Advocate race.

 UPDATED 6:30 P.M. Jenifer Rajkumar raised $37,240 in the past six months.