Curious Funding of the Chris Collins for Congress Campaign
by Alan Bedenko (@BuffaloPundit) - posted 7:30 am, October 30, 2012
Here’s a document that congressional candidate for NY-27 Chris Collins (R-Clarence) filed with the FEC. It is his final pre-general election filing, and shows who gave him money, and how much. (Carl Paladino maxed out back in June. So did Robert Stevenson, and in October a whole bunch of PACs, local business figures, companies, and committees paid up.
The federal limit for donations in a general election congressional campaign is $2,500. You’ll notice, however, that there are a lot of donations that exceed that amount, and are checked off with “primary” next to them, and are made well after the primary election ended. Collins can only use those donations over $2,500 marked “primary” to pay off his own loans to his campaign, (the primary election took place in June). Is Collins informing his donors – some of them signing off on $5,000 checks – that their money is just going right back into his pocket?