U.S. Rep. John Katko added to his hefty campaign war chest in the first fundraising quarter of 2018.
Katko, R-Camillus, raised $266,648.34 from Jan. 1 through March 31, according to a quarterly filing submitted to the Federal Election Commission. His campaign closed the first quarter with $1,247,942.22 in the bank.
The fundraising haul should give Katko a huge advantage over his two potential Democratic opponents in the 24th Congressional District race. The designated Democratic candidate, Dana Balter, has yet to file her first quarter financial report. Juanita Perez Williams, who was a late entrant into the race, won't be required to submit a fundraising filing until the summer.
Most of the financial support for Katko's campaign came from political action committees and Protect The House, a joint fundraising committee established to support incumbent Republicans in competitive congressional races.