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Congress member Louise Slaughter, a Democrat, has outraised her Republican opponent Maggie Brooks over the last two months. | Between April 1 and June 6, Slaughter raised $242,396.35, while Brooks raised $185,652.72. Both received contributions from individuals — including business owners and executives — and political action committees. Brooks, who is Monroe County executive, is challenging Slaughter, the incumbent, for the newly-drawn 25th Congressional District seat. | For the two-month reporting period, Slaughter outspent Brooks $82,907.42 to $70,086.86. She also had more cash on hand: $688,558.16 to $367,582.72 for Brooks. | Both candidates' finance reports show that the campaigns are gaining steam. Brooks and Slaughter have hired campaign staff and consultants, and they're spending money on fund raising. Both candidates have also spent money on polling firms: the Brooks report shows a $21,759 payment to the Alexandria, Virginia-based Tarrance Group, while Slaughter's report shows a $13,140 payment to Washington, D.C.-based Lake Research Partners. | During the previous reporting period, which covered January 1 through March 31, Brooks outraised Slaughter $252,195.41 to $205,070.55. Slaughter had significantly more cash on hand, however. She had approximately $529,800 in her account while Brooks had a balance of about $252,000.

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