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Money In Politics:

Higgins campaign donors

Published February 28, 2021

Brian Higgins has represented the Buffalo area in Congress since 2005. He first won the seat in a tight contest with Nancy Naples and has since cruised to victory eight times, raising a total of  $9,700,741. He previously served in the New York State Assembly and the Buffalo Common Council. Ken Kruly, Investigative Post researcher and publisher of Politics and Other Stuff, reviewed Higgins’ campaign finances for the last two-year election cycle (2019-20), a period in which he stood for re-election against an opponent who did not actively campaign.

Largest PAC & individual donors

Political Action Committees Amount
AFSCME $ 10,000
Air Line Pilots Association $ 10,000
American Academy of Dermatology Association $ 10,000
American Chiropractic Association $ 10,000
American Federation of Teachers $ 10,000
American Podiatric Medical Association $ 10,000
American Hospital Association $ 10,000
American Society of Anesthesiologists $ 10,000
Constellation Brands Inc. $ 10,000
Employees of Northrop Grumman $ 10,000
General Mills $ 10,000
General Motors Corp. Civic Involvement $ 10,000
Insured Retirement Institute $ 10,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $ 10,000
International Union of Bricklayers $ 10,000
Machinists Non-Partisan Political League $ 10,000
Massachusetts Mutual Life $ 10,000
Morgan Stanley $ 10,000
National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors $ 10,000
National Association of Realtors $ 10,000
National Beer Wholesalers Association $ 10,000
National Fuel $ 10,000
UBS Americas $ 10,000
United Steelworkers $ 10,000
Tonio Burgos, lobbyist $ 5,600
Cheryl Hill, homemaker $ 5,600
David Rich, Greater NY Hospital Association $ 5,600
David Rogers, Lifestorage $ 5,600
Eugene Vukelic, Try-It Distributing $ 5,000


Talking Points

  • Higgins raised $1,125,204 for the 2019-2020 election cycle. Nearly three-quarters – $807,591 – came from political action committees. PACs accounted for 433 of the 915 donations the Higgins campaign received.
  • Twenty-four PACs contributed an aggregate of $10,000 each over the two-year election cycle, the maximum amount allowed by law. They include eight labor unions, seven corporations and five health-related associations. 
  • ActBlue, a conduit for contributions to Democratic candidates, accounted for 82 donations, totaling $67,300.
  • Another 309 individuals made contributions, worth an average of $853. Four individuals gave $5,600, the maximum allowed under law.
  • The balance of donations, which totaled 100, came from  other campaign committees and various businesses and organizations, such as law firms. 
  • Higgins redistributed a significant portion of his campaign treasury to Democratic affiliates. He gave the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee $215,500 and the Erie County Democratic Committee $26,250.
  •  His campaign had $1,111,052 in the bank as of Jan. 31.


Ken Kruly and Geoff Kelly talk about Higgins’ campaign finances, the upcoming redistricting of Congressional districts, and the latest developments in the race for Erie County Sheriff.

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