Tompkins County Legislator Martha Robertson raised more than $265,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013, nearly matching a second quarter total that put her in the top 10 in the nation among Democratic challengers as she builds her campaign account to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning.
Robertson's campaign says it will file a report showing she has raised more than $727,000 for the cycle and has more than $500,000 cash on hand. More than 3,500 citizens gave to Robertson's campaign, with nearly 60 percent of the funds coming from New York state. The average contribution of $233 is less than the allowable limit, something Robertson said makes her campaign financially strong and sustainable. Reed, she states, relied on Washington PAC money to raise about 60 percent of his cash last quarter.
Under Robertson's tenure as chair of the Tompkins County Legislature and local Industrial Development Agency, bipartisan local partnerships helped Tompkins County lead New York with the state's lowest unemployment rate.
"I am proud that more than 1,800 New Yorkers gave some of their hard earned cash to try to change the most dysfunctional Congress in anyone's memory, and send someone with a track record of getting things done and creating jobs. That's a positive reason our campaign is growing every day," Robertson said.
Fourth quarter reports were due to be filed with the Federal Election Commission by Jan. 31.