With less than four months to go until Election Day, U.S. Rep. John Katko has a significant financial advantage over Democratic challenger Dana Balter in the 24th Congressional District race.
Katko, R-Camillus, raised $514,977 in the second quarter, according to Federal Election Commission records. His campaign spent $153,859 from April 1 through June 30.
At the end of the fundraising quarter, Katko has $1,609,059 in the bank.
The Republican's haul was boosted by transfers from two joint fundraising committees, the Katko Victory Fund and Protect the House.
The Katko Victory Fund, which raises money for the congressman's re-election campaign, his political action committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee, transferred $82,683.51 to Katko for Congress.
Protect the House, which is led by Vice President Mike Pence and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, transferred $80,032.60 to Katko's campaign in late June.
The joint fundraising venture held a private event at the Trump hotel in Washington last month. The event raised more than $3.2 million for Katko and other House Republicans in competitive districts.
During the 2018 election cycle, Katko's campaign has received $174,381 from the Protect the House joint fundraising committee.
Katko also benefited from a June 19 fundraiser in Syracuse. Pence visited central New York and headlined the event to support the congressman's re-election campaign. The pair also toured Nucor Steel in Auburn.
Other notable donors include U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady's campaign and PAC, which contributed a combined $14,000. Brady, a Republican, chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. He sponsored the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which Katko supported.
The No Labels Problem Solvers PAC gave Katko an additional $2,700. The group has now donated $10,000 to the GOP congressman's campaign. He is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus in Congress.
Katko will likely hold a large cash on hand advantage over Balter, who is coming off a 25-point win in the June 26 Democratic primary.
As of Friday afternoon, Balter hasn't submitted her July quarterly filing. Her pre-primary report in June showed she had $101,112 in the bank.