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Dems Get Over $700K In Support From Environmental Group In Bid To Win Vacant House Seat

Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show that an environmental activist super PAC has launched dozens of bids to boost the Democratic bid for the New York Congressional special election to fill the seat vacated by former Republican Rep. George Santos. Spent a million dollars.

LCV Victory Fund, super PAC 700,000 to support Democratic candidate Tom Suozzi and oppose Republican candidate Mazi Melesa Pilip in New York's 3rd Congressional District ahead of Tuesday's special election. Spent more than a dollar. according to on FEC records. The seat became vacant after the House voted to expel Santos in December with key support from some Republicans.

According to FEC records, the LCV Victory Fund spent $20,257 on ads against Pillip and $702,721 on projects supporting Suozzi. Outreach efforts included door-to-door outreach, dedicated staff time, and consulting services. (Related: Italian-American groups have Sopranos-like reaction to candidate dubbed 'Godfather of border crisis')

“People in our district continue to go door to door saying they are concerned about climate disasters like flooding and want a representative who won't add to the chaos created by MAGA Republicans,” said Erin, LCV Victory Fund Acting National Field Director. .philips Said About the special election.

LCV considers itself part of a “strong, inclusive and anti-racist climate change movement.” according to Go to that website. The group wants the United States to “decarbonize” by 2050.

Pilip is a member of the Nassau County Council and a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces. according to to her government profile.Suozzi used to represented Appointed to New York State House of Representatives District 3 from 2017 to 2023, Congress led him to pursue an ill-fated New York gubernatorial bid.

Nassau County Councilor Mazi Melesa Pilip (Photo by Adam Gray/Getty Images)

The LCV Victory Fund spent more independent spending on the New York District 3 special election than on any other House race in the 2022 election cycle. according to on FEC records.

In special elections, Democrats outspent Republicans by nearly 3 to 1 in ad spending as of Jan. 25. According to a poll conducted by Siena University from February 3 to February 6, Suozzi leads Pilip among likely voters, 48% to 44%.

“While voters are eager to move beyond the toxic environment in the House that George Santos contributed to, another proponent of a MAGA agenda that does not hold Big Oil and other polluters accountable is intent on blocking it. “No,” said LCV Victory Fund Senior Vice President.Pete Maysmith for campaign Said In a press release.

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