It’s expensive keeping a safe seat safe: Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. has raised $272,546 for this cycle, but he’s only got $90,837 cash-on-hand. Payne burns through money quickly – high overhead, lots of contributions to local organizations and candidates, and some travel and entertaining. He spends a lot on consultants — $18,000 to Eric Payne so far. Payne wins elections with something north of 85% of the vote, so whatever he’s doing seems to be working.
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