Reed raises record $585,000 after facing angry crowds

The Upstate New York congressman who faced overflowing crowds of protesters at town hall meetings managed to raise a record amount of money after the protests gained national attention.

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed raised $585,282 in the first quarter of the year, a personal high for the fourth-term Republican from Corning.

Reed’s cash haul more than doubled the amount raised by each of the other members of Congress from Upstate New York, according to new disclosure reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

“We are off to our best start ever with more than a half-million dollars in the bank and increased engagement from our supporters,” said Nicholas Weinstein, Reed’s political director.

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