Republicans have yet to find a candidate to challenge U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei in 2014, but he continues to build up his war chest in case a strong opponent emerges.
Maffei, D-Syracuse, reported raising more than $278,000 in the most recent fundraising period, according to his campaign's Federal Election Commission filing.
At the end of the filing period, which ran from July 1 through Sept. 30, Maffei has $697,527.32 in the bank.
Maffei's Democratic colleagues in Congress, including some members from New York, chipped in to support his re-election bid.
U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley's Jobs, Opportunities and Education political action committee contributed $3,000 to Maffei's campaign committee. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's political action committee, Empire PAC, donated $2,500 to his campaign. New York Jobs PAC, the PAC linked to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Steve Israel, gave $1,000 for the central New York congressman's re-election efforts.
Other New York Democratic members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins and U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, chipped in $1,000 each.
Maffei also received big contributions from the House Democratic leadership. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's PAC, PAC to the Future, gave Maffei's campaign $5,000. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer's campaign committee contributed $4,000 to Maffei for Congress.
Some of the other contributors to Maffei's campaign include:
- Planned Parenthood PAC, a pro-choice group, donated $1,000.
- Human Rights Campaign PAC contributed $1,500. Human Rights Campaign is a group that supports equal rights for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
- Nucor's PAC gave $1,000 to Maffei's campaign. Nucor operates a steel manufacturing plant in Auburn.
- Employees of Northrop Grumman Corporation PAC contributed $2,500. The PAC has donated an aggregate amount of $7,500 in the 2014 election cycle.
Maffei will be vying for his third term in Congress next year. He was first elected in 2008 and served one term before he was defeated in 2010 by Ann Marie Buerkle, a Republican.
In 2012, Maffei returned for a rematch against Buerkle. He defeated Buerkle and Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum to win the 24th Congressional District race.
Republicans haven't had much luck finding a candidate to challenge Maffei next year. Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, decided not to run again and Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci announced last week that he won't run for Congress in 2014.
Earlier this year, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said she wasn't interested in challenging Maffei.
One Republican, Syracuse attorney Rick Guy, is exploring a run for Congress. He plans to meet with the House Republicans' campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and other groups in the coming weeks. But he has yet to make a final decision on the 2014 race.