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McCarthy’s Cash Report Shows Her Well Short of Gillibrand

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If New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy wants to mount a serious Democratic primary challenge to appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010, she’s going to have to pick up her fundraising pace considerably.

McCarthy, who has said publicly that she is considering a Senate primary bid, reported $145,000 in total contributions for her House campaign committee in the first three months of the year. That left McCarthy, the seven-term representative of the 4th District on Long Island, with $262,000 in cash on hand as of March 31, the end of the year’s first quarter.  

Although federal law would allow McCarthy to transfer any House campaign reserves to a Senate campaign account, what she has now is a pittance of what Gillibrand already has piled up.

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