The Elections Are Over Here Is The Breakdown Of The Money That Funded Harlem Elections

November 9, 2020

Candidates who were on the ballot in Harlem raised and spent plenty of money in the weeks and months leading up to Election Day last week.

Using the latest publicly available data from the New York State Board of Elections and the Federal Election Commission, our source compiled a list of how much money each candidate raised — and spent — leading up to the 2020 Election.

Totals are from 2019 and 2020 and have been rounded down to the closest whole number.

13th Congressional District

In one of the neighborhood’s most lopsided fundraising results, incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat raised nearly $1 million and spent even more, while his two general election opponents spent $17,000 in one case and no money in another.


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Espaillat defeated Republican Lovelynn Gwinn and Libertarian Christopher Morris-Perry on Tuesday to secure another term representing New York’s 13th District, which covers Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood, and parts of the Upper West Side and the Bronx.

The Associated Press called the race for Espaillat late Tuesday as he led with about 90 percent of the vote, though the results do not yet include at least 59,000 absentee ballots cast in the district.

Adriano Espaillat:

  • Total raised: $977,000
  • Total expenditures: $1.1 million

Lovelynn Gwinn:

  • Total raised: $37,000
  • Total expenditures: $17,200

Christopher Morris-Perry:

  • Total raised: $0
  • Total expenditures: $0

71st Assembly District

Incumbent Democratic Assemblymember Al Taylor was running unopposed in his bid for another term representing the 71st District in northern Harlem — but that didn’t stop him from fundraising, accruing more than $76,000 in donations.

Al Taylor:

  • Total raised: $76,600
  • Total spent: $38,800

68th Assembly District

Incumbent Democrat Robert J. Rodriguez cruised to re-election over Republican opponent Daby Carreras. in the 68th Assembly District, which covers East Harlem and the northern part of the Upper East Side.

Rodriguez raised more than $111,000 — much of it likely for his more competitive June primary election against challenger Tamika Mapp — while Carreras had no campaign account on file with the state.

Robert Rodriguez:

  • Total raised: $111,000
  • Total spent: $65,000

28th State Senate District

Incumbent Democrat Brian Benjamin was easily re-elected Tuesday in the 30th State Senate district, which includes Harlem and parts of Morningside Heights, the Upper West Side, the Upper East Side, and Washington Heights.

Benjamin prevailed on election night with about 93 percent of the vote, while Republican challenger Oz Sultan trailed with about 7 percent before absentee ballots had been counted. Sultan had no campaign account on file.

Brian Benjamin:

  • Total raised: $396,700
  • Total spent: $389,600

29th State Senate District

Further east, State Sen. José M. Serrano raised more than $23,000 in his bid for another term representing East Harlem and parts of the Upper East Side in Albany.

His Republican opponent, Jose A. Colon, had no campaign account on file.

José M. Serrano:

  • Total raised: $23,500
  • Total spent: $27,300

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