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Democratic congressional candidate Alp Basaran is challenging Rep. Bill Pascrell in the Democratic primary.

Self-funder Basaran raises $65k for Pascrell primary challenge

Fort Lee attorney has loaned his campaign $50k

By David Wildstein, October 15 2019 12:37 am

Democrat Alp Basaran has raised $64,831 – 77% of it from a personal loan – for a primary challenge to 12-term Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson).

Basaran reported raising $36,299 in the 3rd quarter of 2019.  He has spent $39,382 and has $25,448 cash-on-hand, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

He loaned his campaign another $25,000 in July, bringing his total funding of his campaign to $50,000.

Basaran is one of two Democrats challenging Pascrell in the Democratic primary, both from the left.

Zina Spezakis, a clean technology investor and environmental activist, reported raising $92,930 for her 2020 congressional bid.  She has $35,288 remaining in her campaign warchest.

A first-time candidate, Basaran spent almost a decade as a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps and Pepper Hamilton and now runs his own firm, Aslan Capital Advisors.

Pascrell defeated 2018 primary opponent William O. Henry with 86% of the vote.

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