Newsday: “Sean Patrick Maloney campaign funds coming overwhelmingly from outside pol’s district”

. . . Christopher Malone, a professor and chairman of the political science department at Pace University in Manhattan, said members of Congress are required to live within the district they represent but are free to accept campaign contributions from outside the district or even other states.

. . . Christopher Malone, a professor and chairman of the political science department at Pace University in Manhattan, said members of Congress are required to live within the district they represent but are free to accept campaign contributions from outside the district or even other states.

“Obviously, it would look better for him if most of his money was coming from inside the district,” Malone said. “But as a freshman congressman, he is vulnerable, and my guess is that he will be trying to raise money from wherever he can to prevent a likely challenge in the next election.”

Malone said the carpetbagging label has more impact on an insurgent candidate than a sitting congressman.

“If someone who is going to run against him is going to use this in campaign literature, I don’t think it’s going to go very far,” Malone said. “He has another 18 months to prove himself to the district, to show that he does work hard for his constituents. He’s really going to be judged on what he delivers for the district, rather than where he gets his money from.”

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