Bell Outraises Bush in Missouri’s 1st District
In the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission, it has been revealed that candidate Bell has earned $492,149 in donations, surpassing the $487,000 raised by opponent Bush in the last quarter of 2023. Bell expressed gratitude for the growing list of endorsements from community members and local officials, emphasizing the momentum of support propelling their campaign.
Bowman Gains Impressive Funding Despite Controversy
Despite pleading guilty to a misdemeanor related to pausing a vote during the government shutdown debate, Bowman managed to raise approximately $724,000 in the last quarter of 2023. This compares to the $1.4 million raised by opponent George Latimer in New York’s 14th Congressional District. However, Latimer’s fundraising has faced criticism due to alleged connections with Republican Trump mega donors, potentially limiting his support in a Democratic primary.
Latimer Loses Endorsement, Bowman Faces Criticism
Latimer, a Westchester County Executive, received the endorsement from AIPAC and showed support for Israel in the wake of recent attacks. However, Bowman, who represents a safe blue seat, lost the endorsement of J Street due to his stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. J Street cited concerns over his calls for a cease-fire and his description of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza as a “genocide.” This loss may impact Bowman’s campaign moving forward.
Bush and Bowman Remain Formidable Progressive Incumbents
Despite fundraising setbacks and controversial statements regarding Israel, both Bush and Bowman are still considered tough to beat as progressive incumbents. Their defeat, however, could signal a shift towards a more centrist approach in Congress. Some experts argue that a smaller progressive group within Congress would benefit both the Democratic Party and the country as a whole.