Liuba Grechen Shirley has reported raising $126,144 for her congressional campaign in her first quarterly campaign finance filing in her bid to challenge veteran Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford).
Her campaign reported getting 1,683 grass-roots donations averaging $75 and spent only $11,614. Among her donors was comic Rosie O’Donnell, who gave $2,700.
Anna Brichacek, her campaign manager, said Grechen Shirley’s first-time filing is better than any Democratic candidates since 2006. “Liuba . . . is the best candidate to unseat Peter King. That’s why nearly 1,700 grassroots donors have rallied around her,” Brichacek said.
Suffolk Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Copiague), who announced his candidacy a little over a week ago, did not file a campaign finance report because he only announced after the deadline for the most recent filing.
Gregory, who ran for the seat two years ago, acknowledged in his first quarterly report that he raised about $70,000 the first time he ran, but added, “What’s important is what you do in the second quarter and beyond. It’s how you sustain your fundraising.”
Two other contenders, Mike Sax of Bay Shore and John Rennhack of North Massapeaqua, have not yet filed reports. Nor has King, who had $2.7 million on hand in July.