Subscribe for 33¢ / day
Democratic Forum 1.JPG

Democratic candidate for Congress, Dana Balter, right, speaks during a forum on Wednesday, Feb. 7 in Auburn at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen

Through her political action committee, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is showing her support for the designated Democratic candidate in the 24th Congressional District race. 

Gillibrand's PAC, Off the Sidelines, donated $5,000 to Dana Balter's campaign. Balter is vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. John Katko, a two-term Republican. 

Balter's campaign announced the donation Friday. The contribution was made during the first fundraising quarter, which ended March 31. 

The donation was revealed ahead of the deadline for candidates to submit campaign finance reports to the Federal Election Commission. The deadline for the quarterly report is Sunday. 

Balter's FEC filing wasn't immediately available. Aside from the Off the Sidelines donation, the campaign hasn't provided any details about its first quarter fundraising performance. 

Under FEC rules, PACs may donate no more than $5,000 per election to a candidate's committee. The maximum amount Balter could receive from Off the Sidelines is $10,000 — $5,000 for the primary, which is June 26, and $5,000 for the general election in November. 

"I am proud of the support our campaign has built and I am honored to have Off the Sidelines' support," Balter said in a statement. 

Gillibrand, D-N.Y., hasn't formally endorsed Balter, but the donation from Off the Sidelines is an indication she is supporting the Syracuse Democrat in the 24th district race. 

Earlier this week, Balter filed petitions to the state Board of Elections to appear on the Democratic, Working Families and Women's Equality party lines. Her campaign collected more than 8,000 signatures during the petitioning process. 

She will likely face a Democratic primary. Juanita Perez Williams, who ran for Syracuse mayor in 2017, launched her campaign last week and collected more than 3,200 signatures to appear on the Democratic primary ballot. 

Barring any challenges, Balter and Perez Williams will face off in the June 26 primary election. 

Balter has the support of several Democratic-aligned organizations, including the four county committees and local Indivisible groups. The national Indivisible movement has endorsed her campaign. 

But Perez Williams has the backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Washington-based group tasked with getting Democrats elected to the House of Representatives. The DCCC's support could play a pivotal role in the primary. 

The DCCC's involvement in the primary has upset central New York Democratic leaders, several of whom support Balter. 

In a statement about Off the Sidelines' donating to Balter's campaign, Cayuga County Democratic Chairman Ian Phillips didn't mention the DCCC by name. But he urged "other groups in touch with our district" to support Balter. 

"I'm glad influential groups like Off The Sidelines are supporting Dana's campaign," he said. "The people of central New York stand with Dana Balter." 

2
0
0
0
2