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David Calone may have edged Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst in congressional fundraising for the third quarter, but he only did it by personally lending his own campaign an extra $200,000.
Calone issued a news release Oct. 12 before his Federal Elections Commission filing, touting that he had raised $430,000 from July 1 to Sept. 30, 2015, but did not mention nearly half came from a personal loan. Neither Calone, nor his campaign spokesman returned calls for comment that day.
Calone and Throne-Holst are seeking next year's Democratic nomination to face Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin in his first re-election bid.
Calone said the campaign put out the release to disclose how much was raised as soon as it knew the numbers, but he was away for the Columbus holiday. “We were providing the amount of cash raised and the cash on hand,” he said. “I felt like a lot of people were stepping up to make contributions and volunteering time, and I should make a serious financial commitment myself.”
Rachel Thomas of EMILY'S List, which supports Throne-Holst, was critical of size of Calone’s loans. “The district deserves a representative who will put their constituents before their own political agenda, not another self-funder who's out of touch,” she said.
When the latest campaign finance report was filed Thursday, it not only showed the new $200,000 loan but also disclosed Calone received $5,400 from his wife, Kate Jones Calone, a Presbyterian minister. In his first campaign filing last July, Calone reported lending his campaign $25,000 in start-up cash, which he has not yet paid back. Throne-Holst has not donated or loaned funds to her campaign.
In raising funds from outside donors, Throne-Holst led for the quarter $339,000 to $224,600 for Calone and for the entire campaign she has raised a total of $851,000 from donors to Calone’s $704,500.