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Jack Martins can go back to donors for third time, FEC says

Jack Martins, who seeking the Republican nomination in

Jack Martins, who seeking the Republican nomination in the 3rd Congressional District, can go back to his donors for a third time for the court-ordered Oct. 6 Republican primary against Philip Pidot, according to a Federal Election Commission advisory opinion. July 3, 2014 Credit: James Escher

WASHINGTON — Long Island Republican congressional candidate Jack Martins can go back to his donors for a third time for the court-ordered Oct. 6 Republican primary against Philip Pidot, according to a Federal Election Commission advisory opinion issued Tuesday.

The opinion means that contributors who already have given Martins the maximum $2,700 for the June 28 primary and $2,700 for the Nov. 8 general election now can give him another $2,700 for the Oct. 6 primary.

Martins, a state senator from Old Westbury, asked the FEC for the ruling a week after the U.S. District Court on Aug. 17 threw out a New York State Board of Elections finding that Pidot had not filed enough signatures to run in the June primary.

As of Sept. 30, Martins has raised $553,326 and spent $116,631. Pidot, a financial consultant and analyst from Glen Cove, has raised $138,960 and spent $111,241.

Martins and Pidot are seeking the Republican nomination to face Democrat Thomas Suozzi for the seat being vacated by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington).

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