DOVER, Delaware (AP) — Delaware’s incumbent state auditor has raised only about half the campaign contributions this year than its leading Democratic challenger, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.

Auditor Kathy McGuiness, who in July became the first statewide elected official from Delaware to be convicted of criminal charges while in office, said she has raised $24,190 since January in her campaign for re-election.

McGuiness’s main opponent, Lydia York, who has been endorsed by the Delaware Democratic Party, said she has raised $47,220 in financial contributions since a campaign committee was formed in late May. She also loaned her campaign $10,100 and reported an “in-kind” contribution of $5,000 from the Democratic State Committee for Access to a Voter Database.

McGuiness, who was elected as a listener in 2018, started this year with $61,362.43 in her campaign account. She said she spent $14,189.06, which left her with a balance of $71,363.37.

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York said it spent $27,273.13, not including an “in-kind expense” of $5,000 for access to the Democratic committee database, ending the reporting period that ended Sunday with a balance. of $30,046.87.

The primary election will take place on September 13. The winner will face Republican Janice Lorrah in November.

McGuiness, who is responsible as an auditor for rooting out government fraud, waste and abuse, was indicted in October on felonies of theft and intimidation of witnesses, and misdemeanor charges. official misconduct, conflict of interest and failure to comply with public procurement laws.

A jury acquitted her in July of the felony charges but found her guilty of the misdemeanors, each carrying a maximum sentence of one year in prison but presumed probation. The judge is currently evaluating post-trial motions from McGuiness’s attorney, who seek a judgment of acquittal or, in the alternative, a new trial.

McGuiness was found guilty of conflict of interest in the hiring of her daughter in 2020. Prosecutors alleged Saylar McGuiness, 20, was hired even as other part-time workers at the auditor’s office left on due to a lack of work at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and was then granted special privileges not available to other “casual seasonal” workers. McGuiness was also convicted of structuring payments under a no-tender communications services contract with a consulting firm she used during a 2016 campaign for Lt. -governor to avoid having to have them approved by the State Accounting Division. Structuring and conflict of interest convictions laid the groundwork for jurors to also find McGuiness guilty of official misconduct.

McGuiness continues to maintain his innocence and campaign for re-election. Among those who donated to his campaign this year was House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, a longtime political ally and fellow Rehoboth Beach resident. In late April, Schwartzkopf donated $1,200 to McGuiness, the maximum individual contribution for a statewide candidate at election time.

McGuiness, in turn, donated $500 each to Sen. Darius Brown and Rep. Stephanie Bolden, both Wilmington Democrats, a week later. She officially submitted her candidacy for re-election the next day.

Brown was the only Democrat to join Senate Republicans last month in voting against a resolution passed by majority Democrats to remove McGuiness from office. Schwartzkopf criticized the Senate resolution as meaningless “political theater” and said he had no intention of calling his chamber into a special session to consider it.

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