Fundraising Haul Establishes Clear Momentum Behind Evelyn Farkas In Race to Succeed Nita Lowey

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Elmsford, NY — The latest FEC disclosures show that Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, has established strong momentum in the race to succeed Rep. Nita Lowey.

In the first public disclosure of the contest, representing the fourth quarter of 2019, Farkas was able to outraise her opponents by an incredible margin—bringing in approximately 1.6 times what her nearest competitor was able to raise. With some candidates inflating their overall numbers with loans or through self-funding, Farkas’ fundraising haul is all the more impressive because it came almost entirely (more than 99 percent) from non-PAC individual contributions.

“I am honored by the incredible support that we have received in our fight to defend the American Dream and protect our democracy,” Farkas. “Westchester and Rockland families are eager to elect a representative with experience, who can follow in the footsteps of Nita Lowey from day one and fight hard to stop Trump’s agenda. I’m so excited by the momentum we’re building.”

On the heels of endorsements from national heavyweights such as former Senator and Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee Carl Levin, former Senator and Governor of Florida Bob Graham, and current U.S. Representative Tom Malinwoski (NJ-7), the latest FEC filings show that Evelyn Farkas has clearly established momentum in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Nita Lowey.

New York House District 17 Q4 Total Contributions From Individuals:

Evelyn Farkas: Q4 individual contributions $462,247.89
David Buchwald: Q4 individual contributions $280,478.48
Mondaire Jones: Q4 individual contributions $268,966.81
Adam Schleifer: Q4 individual contributions $241,386.00
Allison Fine: Q4 individual contributions $181,100.00
David Carlucci: Q4 individual contributions $151,397.89
Josh Eisen: Q4 individual contributions $83,970.20
Catherine Parker: Q4 individual contributions $57,928.00
Asha Castleberry Hernandez: Q4 individual contributions $13,123.00

The child of Hungarian refugees, Farkas was raised, and attended public schools in Chappaqua, New York. For nearly three decades, she has represented the United States in various capacities, defending democracy and advancing human rights. Farkas has been a leading policy and legislative expert in the Defense Department, on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and as Executive Director of the WMD Commission. She has advised former defense secretaries and Senators, including Hillary Clinton. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, Evelyn was responsible for U.S. policy toward Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. After the 2016 election, she stood up to conservative media to publicly denounce President Trump’s corrupt ties to Russia. For the last several years, Evelyn has been a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and German Marshall Fund and a National Security Contributor for NBC/MSNBC. Farkas earned a bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College, where she is a Trustee, and a master’s and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

New York's 17th Congressional District for the United States House of Representatives is located in the Lower Hudson Valley. It includes all of Rockland County and portions of central and northwestern Westchester County, including Chappaqua, Mt. Kisco, Ossining, Peekskill, Pleasantville, Tarrytown, White Plains, Cortlandt and Yorktown Heights.

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