July 9, 2024

By Lydia Moynihan and Josh Christenson


House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik is reporting another record-breaking fundraising quarter thanks to donations from Wall Street titans like Apollo CEO Marc Rowan and Silicon Valley moguls like Netscape co-founder Marc Andreesen, according to federal campaign finance filings.

On Tuesday, Stefanik (R-NY) announced she had raised $7.3 million between April 1 and June 30 — breaking her previous quarterly record and taking her total for this election cycle to $27 million.

Along with Rowan and Andreesen, AQR Capital Management co-founder Cliff Asness, Elliott Management founder Paul Singer, real estate billionaire Richard LeFrak and former Marvel chairman and CEO Ike Perlmutter donated to Stefanik’s re-election campaign.

Stefanik has transferred millions of the money she has raised to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The multimillion-dollar haul comes after Stefanik grilled the presidents of Harvard, MIT and the University of Pennsylvania in December over their unwillingness to condemn antisemitism on campus — putting the congresswoman in the national spotlight.

“Many of us New York Republicans have known Elise for quite some time, but after the historic antisemitism hearings, many across the world met Elise,” one GOP adviser said, describing Stefanik as “someone who is laser-focused on delivering victories for the conservative movement and has an unbelievable capacity to get the job done.”

“It’s no surprise she continues to break fundraising records,” the adviser added. “With Elise at the helm, New York Republicans are in a great position for victory.”

“Elise Stefanik is the most powerful New York Republican in modern history,” another Empire State GOP strategist told The Post. “Her operation is vast, and her influence is felt across New York. GOP donors, both large and grassroots, continue to pour resources into Elise’s operation because of her proven record to win and deliver results.”

Stefanik, 40, had been considered early in the 2024 cycle as a potential running mate for former President Donald Trump — and remains one of his staunchest defenders in Congress.

“The America First Movement, under President Trump’s leadership, has never been in a stronger position to achieve total victory in the fall,” Stefanik told The Post in a statement.

“I will continue to work tirelessly to help elect President Trump, protect and expand our House Republican Majority, and ensure Republican victories up and down the ballot in New York. 119 days until we all get to the polls to save America. Let’s go!”

Last year, Stefanik launched a “battleground fund” to boost New York Republicans as the party looks to hang on to gains made in the 2022 election.

State GOP Chairman Ed Cox told The Post he believes it will position Republicans to win in 2024.

“Thanks to Chairwoman Stefanik’s leadership, New York Republicans are in an incredibly strong position to send our majority-making Republican delegation back to Congress, win additional seats and secure sweeping victories up and down the ballot,” he said.

Stefanik’s Elevate PAC, or E-PAC, is also backing a slate of conservative women candidates in competitive House races this November.