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Former Obama White House staffer Andy Kim, the Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in New Jersey's 3rd district. Kim faces two-term incumbent Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) in the general election. FILE PHOTO

Kim raises more than $1 million in Q2

Democrat has $1.7 in bank for challenge to MacArthur

By Nikita Biryukov, Jul 09 2018 4:00 am

Andy Kim’s campaign has pulled in close to $700,000 since June’s primary, bringing the candidate’s total raised since April to more than $1 million, according to topline fundraising data provided exclusively to the New Jersey Globe by Kim’s campaign.

“This is a milestone for our campaign as we come closer to changing Washington” said Kim, a former White House staffer under President Obama. “Our thousands of supporters are proving that it’s possible to run one of the strongest campaigns in the country without taking a dime from corporate PACs. Voters here are ready to hold Tom MacArthur accountable and vote for new leadership in Washington.”

Kim finished June with close to $1.7 million on hand, up about $600,000 from the $971,658.95 the former national security aide reported in his pre-primary filings, submitted in late May, when the $87,606 he netted in the primary’s final days are accounted for.

Though the figure falls short of the numbers put up by fundraising legends like Rep. Josh Gottheimer, Kim’s fundraising figures aren’t anything to scoff at, and even the post-primary figure of close to $700,000 exceeds Kim’s totals for previous three-month periods by a fair margin.

Still, Kim’s new fundraising total, about $2.1 million, barely edges the total Rep. Tom MacArthur reported in the runup to the primary. MacArthur had raised just shy of $2 million by the start of June, though he had outspent Kim by roughly $600,000 at that point. MacArthur finished with just over $1 million on hand after the last reporting period.

How Kim’s fundraising numbers stack up to those of the two-term congressmen remains to be seen. The July 15 reporting deadline for July’s quarterly filings is less than a week away, and MacArthur tends to file on time.

Some of Kim’s fundraising success can be attributed to MacArthur’s record as a congressman over the last four years, his campaign said.

“Folks are upset with Washington politicians, especially politicians like Tom MacArthur, who wrote a health care bill that raises premiums and guts pre-existing conditions protections after he took tens of thousands of dollars from prescription drug companies,” said Zack Carroll, Kim’s campaign manager. “In contrast, Andy is running because he and his family have experienced what countless others in our country have – out-of-control health care costs. The momentum we’re seeing is because the contrasting priorities of these two candidates couldn’t be more clear.”

A Kim internal poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, first reported by Roll Call last month, shows MacArthur with a 48%-44% lead.  The full survey was not included with the release of the data.

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