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Rep. Bill Pascrell. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Pascrell warchest at nearly $1.7 million

Democratic primary challengers are largely self-funders

By David Wildstein, June 26 2020 1:53 am

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) has $1,680,412 cash-on-hand as he seeks re-election to a 13th term as the congressman from New Jersey’s 9th district.

Pascrell raised $102,859 between March 1 and June 17 and has brought in $1,126,982 this cycle.  He reported spending $272,404 during the same time period and $1,140,925 since the start of his current term in January 2019.

His two Democratic primary opponents, Zina Spezakis and Alp Basaran, have both pumped personal money into their campaigns.

Spezakis loaned her campaign an additional $80,932 since March 1, bringing the total amount of her self-funding to $201,521 since she entered the race last year.

Beyond her personal funds, Spezakis  reported raising just $6,029 in the last three months, and $73,658 in total.

She has $22,602 remaining in her campaign account.

Basaran raised only $1,176 since March 1 and $79,77 since the start of his campaign.  That number includes his $50,000 personal loan.  He has $5,738 cash-on-hand.

The two Republicans battling for the nomination in the heavily-Democratic district, Billy Prempeh and Tim Walsh, have not yet filed their pre-primary reports with the Federal Election Commission.

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