Will Cunningham raised $81,779 during the first three months this year in his bid to win the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district.
Cunningham, a former aide to U.S. Senator Cory Booker and Rep. Elijah Cummings, has $31,826 cash-on-hand after spending $49,952 so far.
The fundraising haul eclipses the $51,951 he raised during the first quarter of 2018, when he was challenging then-State Sen. Jeff Van Drew in the Democratic congressional primary. He raised a total of $98,769 in 2018.
Cunningham finished third with 16% in a race that Van Drew won with 57% after securing organization lines in all eight counties in the 2nd district.
Salem county was the footnote in that race: Van Drew beat Cunningham there by just 25 votes, 34.88% -33.84%.
Still, Cunningham lags the front of the pack.
Amy Kennedy has raised more than $815,000 and has the organization line in Atlantic. Brigid Callahan Harrison has secured Democratic organization endorsements in Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem, Camden and Burlington.
“We are going to prove you do not need to be rich and personally finance your campaign to the tune of $100,000-$300,000 to win,” Cunningham said. “In South Jersey, you cannot buy an election. My opponents have nothing in common with the working families they are running to represent.”