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Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) at the opening of his campaign headquarters in West New York in 2018. (Photo: New Jersey Globe.)

Sires, retiring at the end of his current term, has $241k cash-on-hand

Eight years after his death, Lautenberg still filing campaign reports

By David Wildstein, January 10 2022 10:01 am

Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York), who is not seeking re-election this year, raised $61,605 during the fourth quarter of 2021 and has $240,909 cash-on-hand.

Sires raised $215,650 in 2021, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

His last reported contribution came on December 15, four days before the New Jersey Globe first reported the veteran Democratic congressman’s retirement.   He received $2,500 from the American Federation of Teachers.

Sires may still to raise and spend money in his campaign account.  Once he leaves office, he can use left-over campaign funds for charitable and political purposes.  Some ex-lawmakers continue to generate revenue by earning interest on their old warchest.

Several former New Jersey congressmen, including Reps. Rob Andrews, Frank LoBiondo, Leonard Lance, and Rodney Frelinghuysen.  Former Rep. Dick Zimmer, who has been out of office since 1997, still has $8,905 remaining in his 2008 U.S. Senate campaign account.

Former U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, who has been dead since 2013, still has a campaign account.  In a year-end report filed with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday, Lautenberg for Senate reported $89,803 cash-on-hand.

The Lautenberg campaign is still carrying a $1,090,000 debt from loans the late senator made to his 2002 campaign.

First elected to Congress in a November 2006 special election to fill the seat left vacant after Bob Menendez was appointed to the United States Senate, Sires has won primary and general elections easily in a heavily Democratic district that includes parts of Hudson, Essex and Union counties.

Robert J. Menendez has emerged as the front runner to replace Sires.  He announced his candidacy on January 6 after receiving support from the Hudson and Union Democratic organizations.

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