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Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-Newark).

Payne continues to burn through his campaign funds

Safe-seat congressman raised

By David Wildstein, June 26 2020 1:26 am

Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) continues to be a sluggish fundraiser, bringing in just $27,453 between March 1 and June 17 in one of the nation’s most heavily-Democratic congressional districts.

Payne continues to burn through his campaign cash, spending $51,874 during the same time period.

His campaign account is now down to $58,575.

Payne has raised $351,905 this cycle and spent $349,439.

Over the last three months, Payne contributed $5,000 to three of his out-of-state House colleagues.  He paid his cousin, Eric Payne, $6,544 for is work as a campaign fundraiser.

Rutgers Law Professor Eugene Mazo, who is challenging Payne in the Democratic primary, raised $11,299 during the same time period and $40,520 total.  He has $29,740 cash-on-hand.

Another Democratic candidate, public school teacher John Flora, raised a paltry $1,186, bringing his total haul this cycle to $14,025.  That includes a $5,001 loan he made to his campaign.

Flora has $5,860 in his warchest.  It’s not immediately clear of Flora will spend the rest of his money, or hold on it and then pay himself back after the July 7 primary.

Jennifer Zinone is unopposed in the Republican primary and has not yet reported raising any money.

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