Mediocre Fundraising All Around

Tom Reed raised $150k [pdf] and banked $53K in the last three months. Matt Zeller raised $138k [pdf] and banked $86K. Neither of those numbers are big for this time of year. But, because Zeller is starting so late, his cash on hand is dwarfed by Reed's $350K.

Janice Volk hasn't filed a campaign finance report, which means that she hasn't raised $5,000 yet.


Another person who's having some success "fundraising," I guess, is Mrs. Massa. Below was carried yesterday in the on-line edition of "Elmira Star-Gazette." Actually, when you think of the hell which surely she has been put through, who could quibble. In any case, here it is:

"WASHINGTON -- Former congressman Eric Massa's campaign committee paid his wife, Beverly, $34,214 between April and the end of June, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

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Beverly Massa was not paid for her services as campaign treasurer in 2009 or during the first three months of this year.
Her husband resigned in early March amid an investigation into allegations he had sexually harassed male aides.
The campaign refunded donors $111,960 in the first quarter while Beverly Massa was not being paid. No refunds were paid during the period covered by the new report.
Reed has large cash advantage in 29th District
The campaign had $260,479 in cash June 30.
Although no longer a public official, Massa continued to charge his campaign committee for his airfare, hotel stays, restaurant tabs, taxi fares and even a Tivo account.
Milo Silberstein, Massa's attorney, did not return a phone call seeking comment.
His Manhattan law firm, Dealy and Silberstein, was paid $25,261 in legal fees from April through June.
Other expenses included stays at a Hilton Hotel and a Marriott in Manhattan, a Homewood Suites in Rochester and a Hampton Inn in Gettysburg, Pa. Restaurant bills included $350 at Morton's, a high-end steakhouse in Washington, and $77 for two visits to Tortilla Coast, a popular hangout for Capitol Hill staffers in Washington.
Although Massa's campaign committee did not receive any donations in the second quarter, it did receive $22,025 from Massa's purchase of his campaign vehicle.
The National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative watchdog group, filed a complaint in April because Massa's campaign committee paid $31,896 to GMAC for a leased vehicle two days before Massa announced he would not seek re-election.
Massa purchased the vehicle on April 27, nine days after the Federal Election Commission received the complaint, according to Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center.
Although Massa is no longer a candidate and the campaign no longer owns the vehicle, it did pay $683 in vehicle maintenance at Fox Auto in Painted Post on May 18.
Boehm said his group still wants the FEC to investigate a $40,000 consulting payment Massa's campaign made to the former congressman's chief of staff, Joe Racalto, shortly after Massa's resignation."

Are some of these "winding up" expenses? Maybe he's allowed a small portion of expenses to be paid from campaign money during the transition from public life to private.

At least he is not eligible to receive a pension

Here's an article regarding Reed's comments on the challenges to Jan's petitions by his "close friend."