Nassau Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams is ramping up his first-time congressional fundraising efforts, as his representatives learn the particulars of federal campaign finance rules.
Abrahams (D-Freeport) emailed supporters on Tuesday, saying that his 4th district exploratory committee has been “successfully meeting our fundraising goals.” He asked for contributions as small as $10, because, “in order for me to be able to help my community, I need my community to help me.”
The email, however, didn’t contain the “Paid for By…” disclaimer that is required, in most cases, by federal elections law. Abrahams spokesman Jeff Guillot said in a statement that “if something was done in error, it will corrected.”
With one fundraiser under his belt, Abrahams this week has scheduled his second event. The fundraiser will be held on Feb. 19 at the Hofstra University men’s basketball game at Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead.
Billed as a “luxury suite fundraiser,” tickets range from $500 for individuals to $2,500 for suite sponsors.
Abrahams has said he’ll likely need at least $500,000 to challenge Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice in a Democratic primary this June, and his campaign aides has acknowledged that they'll probably need to have half of that cash in hand by early March, when petitioning to get on the primary ballot begins.
His federal “Friends of Kevan Abrahams” campaign committee was formed late last month, and in the Federal Election Commission filings, it lists his state campaign account for county legislature as an affiliated committee.
Funds for state races cannot be directly used in federal races, and Guillot responded to a request about whether linking the two accounts in the filing was done in error with the same statement: "if something was done in error, it will be corrected."