A Republican candidate for New York’s 19th congressional district is an Obama donor, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
Andrew Heaney, a heating oil executive, maxed out to President Obama’s first campaign, donating $2,300 in 2007.
Heaney is running against John Faso, a former New York state gubernatorial candidate, in the Republican primary for the seat held by Rep. Chris Gibson, who is not running for reelection.
The primary heated up this week when Faso questioned the legality of a Super PAC funded by Heaney, the New York Jobs Council, a group based in Washington, D.C., that shares the same consultants as the campaign.
Heaney donated all of the $60,000 the New York Jobs Council received through June, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported earlier this month. The group’s efforts thus far have been concentrated exclusively on attacking Faso on Twitter as an “insider lobbyist.”
The New York Jobs Council’s only expenditures were to a consulting firm and an opposition research company run by former Rudy Giuliani staffers. The PAC paid In the Field, the consulting firm, $18,000, and the Jackson-Alvarez Group $7,500.