By BRIAN TUMULTY
Gannett Washington Bureau
Freshman Republican Rep. Tom Reed of Corning continued to give campaign cash to other Republicans in the third quarter while his feisty Democratic opponent claims to have turned the contest in the Southern Tier's 23rd Congressional District into New York's sleeper race.
Reed donated $1,000 each to freshman Rep. Chris Gibson of Kinderhook and former Erie County Executive Chris Collins, who are in tossup House races. His campaign also gave cash to House candidates in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, and Massachusetts.
Other cash transfers from Reed's campaign included $5,000 to Freshman PAC in Washington, D.C., and $1,000 to the New York State Republican Party.
Meanwhile, Democrat Nate Shinagawa of Ithaca told reporters in a conference call Wednesday his July through September fundraising ranked third nationally among the 18 candidates whom the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says are in races "emerging'' as competitive.
Shinagawa raised $310,916 in the quarter and $617,883 so far this election cycle. That's significantly less than the more than $1 million raised by challengers in New York's most competitive House races, but "it is a huge amount of money to raise for a race like ours,'' Shinagawa said.
He said his fundraising roughly equals fellow Democrat Mark Murphy's in the competitive Staten Island race where national Democrats have targeted freshman Republican Rep. Michael Grimm.
Shinagawa sent out a district-wide campaign mailer Tuesday and has spent about $90,000 on TV ads in the Buffalo and Elmira media markets.
Reed has raised almost $1.8 million so far this election cycle, including $423,797 from July through the end of September.
Reed's campaign had $810,115 on Sept. 30 compared to $177,975 for Shinagawa.
A DCCC decision on whether to spend money in the 23rd Congressional District on Shinagawa's behalf depends on polling to be conducted soon, Shinagawa said.