Because $100,000 is a whole lot more than nothing
Jul 17, 2017 | 2325 views | 0 0 comments | 300 300 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week, we touched on the somewhat peculiar race for City Council between Councilman Peter Koo and challenger Alison Tan.

Tan is the wife of Assemblyman Ron Kim, who is (was?) a member in good standing of the Queens Democratic Party who, oh by the way, also previously endorsed Koo for re-election.

So it seems odd to us that Kim's wife would suddenly mount a challenge to Koo, who is also backed by the county leaders.

At the end of that column, we noted that Tan would be able to draw on her husband's experiences running successfully for office, but that if money were the only determining factor, Koo would easily win.

As of press time last week, the Campaign Finance Board's website showed Koo had raised over $180,000, while Tan had raised exactly $0.

Well, we would be remiss if we didn't provide an update!

Late last week, Tan sent out a press release announcing that in the scant five weeks since her campaign got underway, she managed to raise $102,836. A total of 516 people contributed to her campaign, with 337 of them giving less than $100, a fact Tan says illustrates her broad grassroots appeal and support.

Over $100K is definitely not chump change, so it looks like Tan is serious about mounting a strong challenge to Koo.

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