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Doheny spent the most, mostly his own money

December 7, 2010
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

In the money race for Congress this year, Matt Doheny took in and spent almost a half-million more than Bill Owens, who took in and spent more than $600,000 more than Doug Hoffman.

But if you subtract personal loans the candidates made to their own campaigns, Doheny had the least amount of money and Owens the most.

Doheny, who ran on the Republican line against the incumbent Democrat Owens and lost the November election by 1.1 percent of the vote, took in almost $3.5 million over the course of the campaign in New York's 23rd Congressional District. Almost $2.3 million of this was in personal loans to his campaign, none of which had been paid back as of Nov. 22, according to the campaign's post-election filing with the Federal Election Commission. Doheny got a little more than $1 million in individual contributions and $127,710 in political action committee contributions.

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Owens raised about $2.9 million in total, with $1.6 million in individual contributions and $1.1 million in PAC money. He also loaned $190,500 to his campaign, of which $160,500 was paid back.

Hoffman, who dropped out of the race before the election but who still got 6 percent of the vote on the Conservative line, took in $2.3 million, of which $1.7 million was in individual contributions, $147,315 from PACs and $451,9000 was money he loaned to his campaign. The campaign has repaid him $357,000 of the loans.

Doheny spent $3.44 million during his campaign, Owens spent $2.95 million, and Hoffman spent $2.3 million. Doheny's campaign closed with $9,982 in cash on hand and $2.65 million in debt. Owens closed with $17,410 and $45,609 in debt, and Hoffman closed with $150 and $94,900 in debt.

There was not as much independent spending by outside groups in the 23rd this year as there was in last year's high-profile special election, or in this year's election in the neighboring 20th District.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $273,000 on advertisements attacking Doheny and spent another $50,000 on Owens' behalf, of which $40,000 was for a media buy and the rest for research materials.

A couple of conservative groups also spent significant amounts to attack Owens. Revere America, a group headed by former Gov. George Pataki, spent $101,272 in the district this election cycle, and Super PAC for America, which was founded by Dick Morris, spent $93,471. Both groups took out ads attacking Owens' vote in favor of the national health-care bill.



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