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By: Ilana Siyance

Daniel Goldman has contributed $2 million of his own money into his campaign for a New York congressional seat.

Goldman, 46, an attorney and heir of Levi Strauss & Co, announced in June that he will run for NY’s 10th newly redraw congressional district, which includes lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn.  As reported by the NY Post, on Wednesday Goldman poured $1 million into his campaign ahead of the Aug. 23 Democratic primary.  Just days earlier, he had put another $1 million in, campaign records show. Besides for his own money, Goldman’s campaign funds have swelled to over $1.5 million with more than 2,500 individual donors, his campaign confirmed Saturday.  Of this, some $200,000 in contributions came from relatives and other associates connected to the Levi Strauss denim empire, finance records show.  Goldman has already been on a spending spree, spending some $2.3 million from his campaign funds between July1 and Aug.3, just on TV ads to push his platform.  He has outspent all his running mates.

Goldman is famed for serving as the lead Democratic counsel in former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment case.  In 2019, he began serving as general counsel for the House Intelligence Committee.  Last year, he ran for the position of NY Attorney General, but then dropped out when incumbent AG Letitia James announced she would be running again.  The Yale and Stanford Law grad also formerly worked as a federal prosecutor in NY, where he was instrumental in taking down Mafia bosses as well as corrupt Wall Street execs.  Should Goldman be voted in, he would become one of the richest members of congress, boasting a net worth valued between $64 million and $253 million, as per financial disclosure reports.

The race for the 10th district congressional district is crowded with other top-tier candidates including Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, Rep. Mondaire Jones, who relocated to the district from the suburbs; former Brooklyn DA and Rep. Liz Holtzman, Brooklyn Assemblywoman Jo Ann Simon; parent activist Maud Maron, and military vet and anti-communist China activist Yan Xiong. “Of course Dan Goldman is spending millions of dollars. It’s easy when you were born with a silver spoon and a pair of blue jeans,” Jason Kaplan, a spokesman for rival ex-Rep. Liz Holtzman, told The Post.  On Saturday, Goldman got an added boost, being endorsed by the influential liberal newspaper, the NY Times.  Early voting in the race began on Saturday, Aug. 13.

The Congressional District was newly drawn by a court appointed special master after a judge threw out maps made by the Democratic Party, calling their attempt illegal partisan gerrymandering.  The new 10th district removes the Upper West Side of Manhattan from the district and adds parts of Brooklyn.  Incumbent Rep. Jerry Nadler, who currently represents the 10th district, announced right after the new maps were unveiled that he would not seek re-election but would rather run for the newly drawn 12th District against incumbent Carolyn Maloney, because it includes his UWS base.

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