Republican Rep. John Katko's campaign on Wednesday reported nearly $1 million in cash on hand ahead of his re-election bid next year after raising $484,212 in the second fundraising quarter of the year.
Katko, a lawmaker who represents central New York in the House of Representatives, would be in line for the chairman's gavel of the powerful Homeland Security Committee if Republicans win majority control of the chamber.
“I’m incredibly grateful to have received a strong outpouring of support this year," said Rep. Katko. “As the top Republican on the House Committee on Homeland Security, I’ve been leading the fight against the far-left plan to defund the police and weaken our border security. The support we have received represents an affirmation of these recent efforts. With nearly $1 million cash on hand, we are well-positioned to help Republicans retake the House in 2022.”
Katko's full campaign finance report will be made public Thursday by the Federal Elections Commission.
But Katko could also face a challenge next year from a Conservative Party-backed candidate after voting to impeach then-President Donald Trump earlier this year following the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Trump himself has urged local Conservative Party leaders to find a candidate to challenge Katko in 2022, a prospect that could aid Democrats in winning what has been a swing seat.
Still, the race is far from settled given the likelihood the district will be reshaped by redistricting in the coming months. And Katko reported a record fundraising haul in the first quarter of the year, and now has $917,862 in the bank with less than a year before primary voting begins.