WASHINGTON -- Long Island's two freshman members of the U.S. House got a running start toward re-election as Shirley Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin Wednesday said he raised $457,204 and Garden City Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice reported $305,222 in donations.
Zeldin, who represents the East End, started the year with as much debt as cash in his campaign fund, but after fundraising during the first quarter, he has $426,782 in the bank, according to a news release he issued Wednesday.
Rice, whose district is in Nassau County, reported to the Federal Election Commission that she has wiped out $76,577 in debts from her race in 2014 and now has $66,560 in cash in her campaign fund.
Both of them are expected to face challengers in next year's election, and Zeldin already has been targeted for defeat by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
"Zeldin has received strong and rapidly growing support from the local community and across the country, which is evident by the strong fundraising numbers from this quarter," said a statement from the Zeldin for Congress Campaign.
Meanwhile, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) -- who will run for a fourth term in 2016 -- boosted his campaign fund to $16 million by raising $2.9 million in the first three months of this year, according to his campaign finance report.
Schumer has no challenger as of now, but he is expected to draw campaign contributions from a wide range of individuals and interest groups as the heir apparent to Nevada's Harry Reid as the Senate Democratic leader after the 2016 elections.
All members of Congress were required to file detailed reports Wednesday with the FEC regarding their campaign fundraising and spending for the first three months of 2015.
Zeldin was to file his Wednesday night, an aide said.
Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), a member the House Democratic leadership, reported he raised $469,640 and now has $734,876 in his campaign fund.
Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said he collected $102,108 in contributions and has $2.8 million in the bank.
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans) raised $90,972 and had $133,041 in cash, according to his FEC filing.
Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) are not required to file their reports electronically, but do on a voluntary basis.
Gillibrand, who does not face an election until 2018, reported donors and PACs contributed $168,483 and her campaign fund totals $1.7 million.