Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand raised nearly $1 million more than her likely Democratic primary challenger in the recent fundraising quarter, new figures out today indicate.
The New York Democrat says she has raised more than $1.5 million and has more than $3.2 million in cash. New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney's campaign says she has raised $577,000 and has about $1.7 million to spend.
The fundraising quarter ended June 30. Two days later, an adviser to Maloney said she would enter the race, but she has not yet formally announced. Maloney will get a fundraising boost on Monday, when former President Bill Clinton appears at a fundraiser for her.
No Republicans have entered the race.
Gillibrand was appointed to the seat after Hillary Rodham Clinton became secretary of state.
Gillibrand touts her "tremendous" second quarter gold rush and her growing support within the Democratic establishment in an email she plans to send supporters this afternoon, the Daily News reported.
"Over the past several weeks, 11 of my Democratic colleagues in New York's congressional delegation have endorsed our campaign, along with more than a dozen labor unions and progressive organizations from NARAL to
New York's teachers, and more than 50 Democratic county chairs," she writes.
But Maloney's side is offering up just as much enthusiasm:
"We are excited by the great response Carolyn Maloney has received, particularly during the last two weeks with the news she was putting together a Senate campaign," said Richard Fife, Maloney's campaign manager told the News.