Suraj Patel, an NYU professor who’s mounting a 2020 primary bid against longtime Manhattan Rep. Carolyn Maloney, raised more than $100,000 in the first 12 days of his campaign, a significantly larger haul than last time he ran for the same seat, records show.
Patel, who unsuccessfully challenged Maloney in 2018, pulled in $103,198 between his rematch campaign launch on Sept. 18 and the most recent reporting deadline on Sept. 30, according to donation records obtained by the Daily News before their public release at midnight Monday.
The 35-year-old professor and progressive activist, who’s also the president of an Indiana-based hospitality company, has disavowed corporate donations and regularly rails against Maloney for relying on them. He raised $34,248 in the first month of his 2018 campaign, records show, suggesting his second crack at representing New York’s 12th district is gaining more traction than his first.
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