U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, seeking re-election in November, had a great year of fundraising in 2013 – but his opponent, Martha Robertson, edged ahead in donations for the final quarter.
Reed raked in nearly $1.5 million in 2013, the most he's ever raised in a year, and reported $918,446 cash on hand going into 2014.
"Tom's strong fundraising numbers demonstrate the broad-based support he has built with the voters of Western New York," said Reed's campaign manager, Seth Wimer.
But for the last quarter (October-December) of the year, he posted just $254,169 in contributions.
Robertson, the chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, raised $273,623 in the same period, according to recent filings with the Federal Election Commission.
However, she remains financially outgunned overall, with just $727,000 total for the year, and $559,671 cash on hand.
That's partially due to beginning her campaign in April, while Reed began fundraising at the beginning of the year.
The two campaigns issued duelling press releases, each presenting their own interpretations of the numbers.
Reed's campaign highlighted that most of his contributions came from in-state donors.
"More of Tom's contributions came from the state of New York than our opponent - and that's the support that matters most," Wimer said.
But Robertson's campaign noted that her contributions came overwhelmingly from individual donors, whereas Reed's fundraising came largely from non-party committees, also known as PACs, or political action committees.
Approximately 87 percent of the money Robertson received came from individual contributions. For Reed, it was 42 percent. Those percentages have been fairly consistent over the course of the campaign.
Both campaigns suggested their financial results were a sign of support from voters in the district.
"The outpouring of grassroots support for my campaign from all over the district is a true sign that the 23rd District is tired of Congressman Reed's broken Washington politics," Robertson said in a statement.
Reed's campaign argued that more contributions naturally indicate more support.
"Having doubled our 2011 fundraising numbers shows not only Tom's seriousness and commitment to this race but also the strong commitment of the folks who have invested in this campaign," Wimer said.