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Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Payne has $83k banked for re-election bid

Newark Democrat spent $248k in 2019 on 2020 campaign

By David Wildstein, January 29 2020 3:32 pm

Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) raised $274,548 for his re-election bid in New Jersey’10th district last year and has $83,323 cash-on-hand.

Payne reported raising $43,289 in the 4th quarter of last year.  He spent $52,487 during the same time period and a total of $248,434 in 2019.

According to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Payne paid $16,466 to Advanced Network Strategies, a Washington, D.C.  fundraising firm, in the 4th quarter.

He also paid $12,000 to his cousin, Eric Payne, for fundraising consulting services.

Payne contributed $5,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and $1,500 to the Essex County Democratic Committee during the final three months of last year.

John Flora, a Jersey City public school teacher challenging Payne in the Democratic primary, is struggling to raise money.  He raised $2,172 in the 4th quarter of 2019 and has $8,280 cash-on-hand.

The 10th district, which includes parts of Essex, Hudson and Union counties, is among the most heavily Democratic in the country.

Payne won the 2018 Democratic primary with 92% of the vote against Aaron Fraser.  He won the general election by an 88%-10% margin against Republican Agha Khan.

A former Essex County Freeholder and Newark City Councilman, Payne was elected in a November 2012 special election to fill the seat of his father, Donald M. Payne, who died earlier that year.

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