Venture capitalist David Calone has edged ahead of Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst in their battle for early cash as they seek the Democratic nomination to take on Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin in the 1st Congressional District next year.
Calone, a Democrat, said Monday that he has raised $935,000 so far, with $820,000 on hand, and that he raised $430,000 in the quarter that ended Sept. 30.
Throne-Holst, an Independence Party member who will become a Democrat after Election Day, said she's raised $851,000 since declaring her candidacy in May. She has $783,000 on hand and raised $339,000 in the third quarter. Throne-Holst had a narrow edge in the July campaign finance filing.
Both campaigns released summaries of their fundraising three days before the Federal Election Commission deadline Thursday, but neither made their full reports available.
"The outpouring of support for my candidacy in these early stages demonstrates the desire for a candidate who has worked in local office for eight years to invest in what matters to Long Island families like job creation, senior services and infrastructure while holding the line on taxes," Throne-Holst said.
Referring to prominent Democrats from outside the district who have endorsed Throne-Holst, Calone said, "More and more Democratic leaders who actually live in the district are supporting our campaign because they know we need to nominate someone with the right experience on job creation to defeat Congressman Zeldin."
Calone is a former federal prosecutor who now chairs the Suffolk County Planning Commission.
Rob Battaglia, Throne-Holst's campaign manager, said the supervisor received more than 1,600 individual contributions in the past three months -- 85 percent from donors who gave $100 or less. Throne-Holst has not made any personal donations or loans to her campaign, Battaglia said.
Calone, in his earlier report, disclosed that he had lent his campaign $25,000 and made in-kind contributions. It could not be determined Monday whether Calone had made any further loans or donations to his campaign or paid back earlier loans.
Zeldin's last filing in July showed he had raised $1.025 million. He had $838,000 on hand and $34,966 in debt. Jennifer DiSiena, Zeldin's spokeswoman, said the Shirley Republican will release his latest fundraising figures Thursday.