Chris Collins (U.S. politician)

GOP Congressman Chris Collins raises $5,000 in Q1, no individual contributions

Rep. Chris Collins from New York
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In the first quarter of 2019, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) received $0 in campaign contributions from individuals for his re-election, according to a filing with the Federal Elections Commission.

The backdrop: Collins was charged in 2018 with 11 counts of securities fraud, wire fraud and providing false testimony to investigators. The charges stem from insider trading involving an Australian drug company. In total, he has only been able to raise $5,000, which came from the campaign of another New York Republican who failed to secure a seat in last year's election, and 2 PACs. In the 2018 midterm election, Collins fundraised $280,000, reports The Daily Beast, despite his felony charges, and won a fourth term..

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Chris Collins flips, decides to run for reelection despite indictment

Rep. Chris Collins walking out of a court house surrounded by body guards
Rep. Chris Collins, center. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) will be on the ballot in November, despite initially saying he would suspend his reelection campaign due to an indictment for insider trading and lying to the FBI.

Why it matters: Collins' controversy could potentially put his solidly red district in play this November. But state law has prohibited the GOP from replacing primary-winner Collins with a safer Republican nominee without the House member dying, moving out of state, or accepting a nomination for state office elsewhere, per the Washington Post.