Rep. Dan Maffei raises more than $300,000 in latest fundraising quarter

2013-07-11T09:33:00Z Rep. Dan Maffei raises more than $300,000 in latest fundraising quarterRobert Harding | robert.harding@lee.net Auburn Citizen

For the second quarter in a row, U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei has raised more than $300,000 for his 2014 re-election campaign. 

According to numbers provided by the Maffei campaign, the Syracuse-area Democrat raised $315,000 between April 1 and June 30. The campaign now has $484,000 cash on hand. 

Most of the contributions to Maffei's campaign were small dollar donations. According to the campaign, 64 percent of contributors contributed less than $200.

A majority of donors to Maffei's campaign — 57 percent — are from New York. 

The full campaign finance report wasn't available Thursday. The campaign has until July 15 to submit the report to the Federal Election Commission.

Maffei's fundraising performance in the second quarter of 2013 was slightly better than his first quarter haul. He raised more than $307,000 from Jan. 1 to March 31

While Maffei continues to raise money for his re-election bid, one thing he doesn't have right now is an opponent. One name being mentioned is former U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill. Buerkle lost to Maffei in 2012 after serving one term in office. (She was elected to the seat in 2010. She defeated Maffei by 648 votes in that election.) 

Buerkle recently started her new job as a commissioner on the Consumer Product Safety Commission. She hasn't decided whether to run again in 2014, but she said the job won't affect her decision. 

Other possible GOP challengers have been mentioned, including Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci. But for now, a Republican has entered the race. 

Maffei represents the 24th Congressional District. The district includes all of Cayuga, Onondaga and Wayne counties, plus the western portion of Oswego County.

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