Barron’s Challenger Hormeku to Receive More Matching Funds

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Brooklyn City Council member Inez Barron (D – Brownsville, Canarsie, East Flatbush, East New York, Jamaica Bay) has so far raised more in total campaign funds than her challenger, Mawuli Hormeku, but Hormeku stands to receive far more in city matching funds because he has raised a greater amount of small donations that qualify for the city’s 6-to-1 match than Barron has, Stephen Witt reports in Kings County Politics.

While it appears Barron outraised Hormeku, a closer look at the filing [with the City Campaign Finance Board] reveals that $17,600 of Hormeku’s fundraising is eligible for the maximum amount of $6-to-$1 matching dollars in the city’s public financing system, meaning the city will add $90,000 to his campaign war chest the first week of August.

Barron, on the other hand, only raised $8,850 in matching dollars and thus will only gain $51,100 in matching funds. So taking in this criteria, Hormeku will not only have more money to spend in the primary race against Barron, but has also shown grassroots strength in that the majority of the money he raised came in small and local donations.

“I call this Economic Karma, I’ve invested so much into my community that it only makes sense that they would want to invest in me,” said Hormeku.

Witt writes in Kings County Politics that Inez Barron, along with her husband Assemblymember Charles Barron, “have long had a political stronghold in the East New York area of Brooklyn.” Brownsville-born Hormeku, he says, is “part of the new wave of young black professionals consisting of highly-educated and home-grown leaders returning to the neighborhoods which raised them, and making the case for community self-empowerment.”

Read more about Hormeku’s background and his platform at Kings County Politics.

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