I'll be the first to admit that Reason #18 to vote for Michael Arcuri is not a blockbuster. In fact, the difference between Arcuri and Meier in this regard is less than I expected it to be. Nonetheless, the difference is there.
Between April and June, while Ray Meier's campaign got barely over one-third of its dollars from individual donors, Michael Arcuri's campaign got nearly half of its money from individuals. Ray Meier's campaign relied more on big money donors from outside the district than Arcuri did.
In the last quarter, Ray Meier's campaign for Congress received 39.9% of its money from individuals. The rest came from political action committees run by corporations and right wing special interest groups. Michael Aruri's campaign received 47.6% from individuals.
Both campaigns are failing to reach out to voters here in the 24th district. Both candidates have been too aloof from the people they'll need to be working for them to win the election.
Still, Arcuri can say that more of his effort has been focused locally, as opposed to with national power brokers. Ray Meier's campaign seems to regard the people of the 24th District as of secondary importance.
It is a difference that counts. We need a representative who is coherent and articulate in national issues, but hears the voice of local voters. As Ray Meier's campaign is more dependent upon the national sources of Republican power, so would his work in Congress be. Our representative ought to have his roots in our district. Michael Arcuri could do better in this respect, but he is clearly preferable to distant and distracted Ray Meier.