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Democratic House candidate Amy Kennedy. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Kennedy reports massive $2.3 million Q3 fundraising haul

House challenger spent most of that money, entering October with about $300,000 banked

By Nikita Biryukov, October 15 2020 2:25 pm

House challenger Amy Kennedy reported a massive $2.3 million fundraising haul in the third quarter, according to reports filed with the federal election commission.

The Democrat raised roughly $1.8 million from individual contributions and received another $257,474.99 from other political action committees.

She transferred $257,397.93 over from her primary campaign account and ended September with $300,917.64 in her war chest.

The new figures bring Kennedy’s total fundraising for the cycle to a little more than $3.8 million.

She’s spent most of that money. In the third quarter, Kennedy expended nearly $2.1 million, bringing her total spending for the cycle to about $3.5 million.

The above fundraising totals do not include independent expenditures made for or against either candidate, nor do they include spending by candidates’ political action committees.

The former teacher is running to oust Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis), who was elected as a Democrat in 2018 but defected to the Republican party after losing support among the party’s rank and file over his opposition to impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.

Van Drew’s third-quarter campaign finance report is not yet available. He had $1.2 million banked at the end of June, having raised roughly $2.7 million between then and Jan. 1, 2019.

The district was held by Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor) for more than two decades before he retired. Van Drew defeated former Atlantic County Freeholder Seth Grossman to win it in 2018.

Then, the district had 16,571 more Democrats than Republicans. The registration gap has since expanded to 18,844.

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