Seth Grossman has roughly $80,000 in the bank, the candidate said in a fundraising email on Wednesday.
“Political insiders expect a ‘serious’ candidate for Congress to have $100K in the bank by Labor Day. I am now $20K short with 5 days to go,” Grossman said in the email.
While Grossman has seen fundraising swells from negative coverage of his past statements about diversity, such incidents have largely fallen off as of late, and Grossman’s fundraising figures remain well behind those of State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, who finished the last FEC reporting period with roughly $630,000 banked.
Grossman had about $56,000 on hand at that time and he’s aiming to have raised $200,000 by Sept. 30.
“If I have $100K by Labor Day, many institutional donors and ‘summer soldiers and sunshine patriots’ will come around in September and push me over $200K,” Grossman said.
Grossman has long said that he doesn’t need as much money as Van Drew, and that’s likely true, as Grossman’s received much national coverage since his win in June’s primaries.
But, that lack of funds means that he also has to run a slimmer operation. Unlike Van Drew, who has the money to do opposition research and the backing of his party’s national branch to do the same.
Grossman has neither, so he’s looking for volunteers to comb through Van Drew’s voting record to see where he can hit his opponent.