While providing a list of donors to the campaign of Mike Grimm to the New York Observer's Politicker blog to try and bolster claims that most of Grimm's support came from outside the district, McMahon's campaign included a file named "Grimm Jewish Money Q2".
The file, labeled "Grimm Jewish Money Q2," for the second quarter fundraising period, shows a list of over 80 names, a half-dozen of which in fact do hail from Staten Island, and a handful of others that list Brooklyn as home.In a quote dripping in unintended irony, Jennifer Nelson- a McMahon campaign spokeswoman- had this to say.
"Where is Grimm's money coming from," said Jennifer Nelson, McMahon's campaign spokesman. "There is a lot of Jewish money, a lot of money from people in Florida and Manhattan, retirees."
As a point of comparison, the campaign also provided in-district and out-of-district fundraising totals from McMahon and Grimm's G.O.P primary opponent, Michael Allegretti. However, they did not provide an out-of-district campaign filing from Grimm, but only a file of Jewish donors to him.
"I don't think ethnicity matters. When people look at who is funding his campaign it's not people who have a direct vested interest [in the district.]"Grimm- who is part Italian and part German- was critical of the separate list of Jewish donors compiled by the McMahon campaign, saying the he was proud of his support from the Jewish community.
No word at this time on whether or not Grimm's campaign was accepting Jew gold as well: