CD17 DEM BALLOTING UPDATE:
Absent. Ballots sent Absent Votes Received Voted in Person
Westchester (6/18) 41,162 13,970. 2,736
Rockland (6/19): 22,610 1,750* ?
* Is Rockland just not recording the absentee ballots as they come in?
The New York Times published a very good article about the race from metro desk reporter Dana Rubenstein with the attention-grabbing title of "Can a Billionaire's Son Spend His Way to a House Seat in New York." Who could that refer to? Rubenstein references the PPP poll - something which our local Journal News could not be bothered to do despite repeated reminders.
WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show (with Sean Carlson filling in for Brian) had a lengthy conversation yesterday about the CD17 race with Mark Lungariello from the Journal News.
In other media, Evelyn Farkas launched a new ad which stands out for directly attacking Adam Schleifer by using his "snake" comment directed at Farkas during a recent debate as a spring-board to juxtapose Schleifer with Trump as sexist and to associate Farkas with Hillary Clinton as the target of sexist denigration. Of course, unlike in our neighboring CD16 where Clinton endorsed Elliot Engel, Clinton has not endorsed in CD17. This wish-fulfillment "endorsement by suggestion" is similar to the recent Mondaire Jones mailing, courtesy of the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC, which cites Elizabeth Warren's endorsement, but suggestively places the word "endorsed" next to an image of President Obama who hovers over Jones's right shoulder like an electoral guardian angel.
Recent contributions from outside PACS to vendors for the benefit of the Jones campaign:
Fight for the American Dream PAC (the mystery PAC!) $32,000 (TOTAL $160,174) to Middle Seat for online advertising
Equality PAC: $12,500 (TOTAL: $55,000) to Sage Media for Television Advertisements
The Collective Super PAC: TOTAL: $22,185
i. on 6/18 $1,923 to 76 Words for Television Advertisement
ii. on 6/17: $1,923 to 76 Words for Television Advertisement and $,1800 to Silversmith Strategies for "production."
Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC $22,788 (TOTAL: $178,254) to Deliver Strategies for Direct Mail
Add in End Citizens United PAC which has given Mondaire's campaign $72,500 and Mondaire has benefitted from a total of $488,113 in PAC spending on his behalf this June. Again, these PACS are paying vendors directly and this money does not show up on the campaign's FEC filings as receipts. Mondaire also benefitted directly from #39,100 in itemized donations received on June 16 and 17,
Notably absent from PAC spending is Emily's List and its Vote Woman! PAC which seems to have abandoned the Farkas ship since June 11, focusing instead on other candidates after previously spending $274,741 for the Farkas effort.
In late breaking news, in time for candle lighting, twitter account @pattinotpattie from "Hudson Valley" tweeted the following this afternoon:
Wow, the notorious "Orthodox Block" in the Town of Ramapo is abandoning David Carlucci in favor of Adam Schleifer - and Justin Sweet for state senate. Those block voters! But, wait..... @Ny17I tweeted this also this afternoon (from a Pete Williams who I cannot identify):
Now, "they" are supporting Carlucci and Elijah Reichlin-Melnick! Why can't you block voters act like a.... voting block already? Stop messing with the narrative and complicating our simplistic assumptions about you!