WASHINGTON – Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney may have lost his re-election bid to Republican Michael Lawlor, but his campaign is in the red and he is sending out emails asking for money.
Maloney, who has been chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Tuesday, sent out a mass email to supporters saying he owns $8,371 in campaign bills.
“I wish I didn’t have to ask, but I refuse to accept that only billionaires should run for office,” he wrote in a copy of his email obtained by Mid-Hudson News. “So, I’m humbly asking: Can I count on you to chip in $15 and help me pay off this campaign debt?”
The outgoing House member said, “it takes hundreds of thousands of dollars” to compete in an election. “And now, I learned firsthand why it’s tough for regular people to run for office,” said the former top aid to Bill Clinton when he occupied the White House.
Maloney’s email concludes with a plea for $5, $25, $50, $100, or “any other amount.”