Progressive house challenger Hector Oseguera is offering to match campaign donations as his primary against Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) nears its end.
The money laundering analyst promised to match up to $10,900 in donations made before July 7.
Though donation-matching is not illegal — or even improper — contributions to political campaigns are closely regulated, and it’s not clear where the money’s coming from.
Donors can give up to $2,800 to a House candidate per election cycle, meaning a single donor can give up to $5,600, half toward the primary campaign and half toward the general.
That means Oseguera’s matching campaign could be accomplished with as few as two high-money donors.
It’s not clear who is matching the funds, nor is it known how many backers have pledged to match donations to the progressive’s campaign.
Oseguera’s camp did not respond to Twitter direct messages seeking comment first sent at 11:24 a.m. Thursday, and calls to numbers believed to belong to the candidate first made at 7:26 p.m. Thursday were not returned.
The lack of information is a sore spot for Sires’ campaign.
“Who are these donors that he’ll be beholden to?” said Mike Soliman, the top political advisor to multiple Hudson Democratic leaders. “It’s interesting that someone running as a ‘progressive’ on the idea of transparency is using corrupt tactics instead of being upfront about who the donors are that are providing these matching funds.”
While many campaigns have solicited donations by offering to match them — they sometimes offer to match donations three- or four-to-one — there aren’t any mechanisms to ensure candidates follow through.