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Thursday, October 16, 2008

McMahon's 3Q press release

via the campaign;

McMahon Surpasses $1 Million Mark in Only Five Months – Raises Commanding $331,335 in Past Six Weeks For 13th Congressional District Race
October 16, 2008 – Congressional candidate Michael McMahon today announced that he raised a remarkable $331,335 in just the last six weeks of his campaign for the 13th Congressional District. The latest filing, from August 21st to September 30th, brings McMahon’s total fundraising past the $1 million mark to $1,042,980 in just five months since the start of the campaign, leaving him with $482,984 on hand.

By comparison, McMahon’s Republican opponent Robert Straniere raised $71,377.50 this period, bringing his total to $86,346.00 for the entire campaign, leaving him with only $1,918.39 on hand. Independent candidate Carmine Morano has raised $6,450, and ended the period $41,000 in debt. Conservative candidate Tim Cochrane’s filing has not yet been posted.

“For the past seven years, Mike McMahon has been a strong voice on the City Council for change and results in his district. This unbelievable outpouring of support shows that district residents now want Mike to bring that record of results to Congress. With the continued support of the district, Mike will bring the fight for smart economic policies, middle class tax relief, increased transportation funding, and improved health care all the way to Washington,” said McMahon spokesperson Erin Monju.

McMahon remains in a strong position going into the general election, with national observers rating the race “likely Democrat” across the board.

Today’s filing is the latest in a series of positive developments for McMahon, including endorsements from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro, endorsements from the city’s law enforcement unions the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Detectives Endowment Association, Captains Endowment Association, Lieutenants Benevolent Association, Sergeants Benevolent Association, and the New York State Court Officers Association and New York State Supreme Court Officers Association, as well as the Uniformed Sanitationmen's Association Local 831, and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 726.

McMahon also received key support in the primary and going into the general, including primary endorsements from the Staten Island Advance, New York Times, Brooklyn Paper and Courier Life, endorsements from elected leaders including Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Charles Schumer, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, former Mayor Ed Koch, and members of the New York City Congressional Delegation, and critical labor support from the New York State AFL–CIO, the United Federation of Teachers, 1199 SEIU Healthcare East, UFCW, UFA, UFOA and RWDSU.

Upon entering the race, McMahon also earned a spot on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's vaunted “Red to Blue” program, promising financial, communications and strategic support from the national party.

The General Election will be held on November 4th.

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