U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez represents New Jersey, but he’s raked in over a million dollars across the border in New York. The Democratic senator, who launched his re-election bid this week, has received $1.15 million in campaign contributions from his New York neighbors, almost twice as much as any other out-of-state House or Senate candidate. The geographic proximity can’t hurt, though another factor may be Menendez’s membership on the Senate Banking and Finance committees, which play a direct role in New York’s financial industry. And Menendez isn’t the only candidate heading to New York to fill their campaign coffers, according to an analysis from the Center for Responsive Politics. Locked in a tight race in Massachusetts, Republican Sen. Scott Brown has raised $630,549 in New York and his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, is close behind with $575,010. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who could face a tough race this fall, has raised nearly $600,000 from New Yorkers. Among House candidates in the other 49 states, Speaker John Boehner is leading the pack by raising $438,805 in New York, followed by Connecticut congressional candidate Dan Roberti with $393,550 and Majority Leader Eric Cantor with $382,349.
(Robert Menendez at right.)
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