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As he prepared to explore a potential bid for Congress, Nassau County Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams greatly slowed his local-office fundraising, records show.
Abrahams (D-Freeport) this weekend filed his January periodic report with the state Board of Elections -- more than two weeks after the filing deadline required by law. The report covers Nov. 29, 2013 through Jan. 11, 2014 and shows that Abrahams only took in one $500 contribution, from the local Civil Service Employees Association.
His campaign spent $12,006.21, the bulk on a political consulting firm, leaving it with $53,979 in cash on hand. Officials connected with Abrahams' state account didn't immediately explain the reason for the report being filed late.
While slowing down on fundraising is common right after an election, other high-profile elected officials in Nassau used the period to keep bringing in funds. County Executive Edward Mangano, a Republican, reported $233,000 in contributions, leaving him, after expenditures, with $151,000 on hand as he begins his second four-year term.
Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, a Democrat who was also recently re-elected, raised about $27,000 during the filing period, records show, and retains about $2 million in her account.
Rice, like Abrahams, has now turned her attention toward Congress, and the 4th District seat being vacated by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola).
Rice last week began her campaign, and the Federal Election Commission received her statement of candidacy on Thursday, records show. Abrahams formed his committee to raise federal funds late last month, and has already held one fundraiser as he sees whether he can bring in enough cash to run a primary against Rice.