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Buerkle Fundraising Exposes Vulnerability

April 15, 2011

One of the weaker fundraising among House Republicans this quarter came from freshman Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.), who scored one of the most surprising upsets in last year's midterms.

In her first quarterly filing, Buerkle didn't even cross the six-figure threshold, reporting just $65,150 in contributions and ending the quarter with $110,672 in the bank. She still holds onto $15,000 in debt, the same she had at the end of the year.

She only received contributions from 13 individual donors - one of them, the district's former congressman James Walsh. But he gave only $250, far from the maximum that individuals are permitted to donate. Individual contributions made up just $7,345 of her total, while $54,000 came from PACs.

The low total is a worrisome sign for Buerkle's re-election prospects. New York has to eliminate two seats in redistricting, and the Syracuse-based seat is an attractive target to draw into a neighboring district.

Former Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei, has already been talking about a rematch and is expected to decide in the next few months. At this same point in the 2010 cycle, just after winning the seat in 2008, Maffei raised over $433,453.

Buerkle only won the seat by 648 votes against Maffei in one of the closest House elections last year.

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