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Menendez fundraising lags behind last cycle

Hugin points to deficit, Menendez chairman not worried

By Nikita Biryukov, April 23 2018 12:54 pm

U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin is saying U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s fundraising has spiked downward since he ran for reelection in 2012.

In his run against Hugin, Menendez has raised close to $7.4 million. At this point in 2012, Menendez had raised roughly $8.8 million. Hugin’s campaign points to that gap as a sign of wavering support for the two-term senator.

“No surprise there,” said Hugin spokesman Nick Iacovella. “He was too busy trying to squash an investigation into Medicare fraud and getting passports for young mistresses to raise money for his campaign.”

But, the 16% deficit did not worry Menendez campaign Chairman Michael Soliman.

“People have always responded to Sen. Menendez’s record and advocacy for New Jersey,” Soliman said. “That’s why the campaign is confident that we will have the resources we need – just as we have in every previous campaign.”

There are months left in this campaign, and the bulk of Menendez’s fundraising last cycle happened in its closing months. Between March and election day of 2012, Menendez raised close to $9 million.

Menendez’s biggest fundraising event of the year has yet to come. On May 4, he will appear at the Meadowlands with Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and New York Giants great Tiki Barber.

“No amount of money will help drug company CEO and Trump Republican Bob Hugin rewrite his record of ripping off cancer patients to personally profit or taking the Trump tax cuts for the wealthiest and giant corporations and using it to enrich himself, rather than creating jobs or lowering prescription costs,” Soliman said.

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