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Rep. Owens has fundraising edge over challengers

April 17, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

The Democrat in the race for New York's new 21st Congressional District has widened his fundraising lead over both of his Republican challengers.

U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, of Plattsburgh, pulled in about $240,000 in the first quarter of 2012, according to campaign finance reports filed with Federal Elections Commission. That leaves him with about $718,500 for his re-election bid. Among Owens' contributors are family members of former Republican U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato.

Republican businessman Matt Doheny of Watertown raked in approximately $154,300 in the first quarter, which is down significantly compared to his fourth-quarter-2011 haul of more than $300,000. Doheny has about $418,000 in campaign funds on hand.

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U.S. Rep. Bill Owens
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Conservative Republican Kellie Greene of Sackets Harbor raised $2,795 in the first quarter. She was not required to file a campaign finance report but did so anyway. The FEC requires candidates to disclose donation figures when they exceed $5,000.

Greene, who faces Doheny in a June 26 primary, said in a press release that her campaign has "not been obsessed with fundraising.

"The citizens of this district are hurting financially and their sacrifice to my campaign is far greater than any of the big money flowing to my opponent from his Wall Street cronies and D.C. insiders," Greene said. "This race is not about who can raise the most money and buy the most endorsements, it's about who will represent the people of New York 21."

Last year, Doheny used about $2 million of his own money to finance his campaign.

In the race for New York's new 19th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson pulled in about $211,800 in the first quarter. He has a total of nearly $902,000 in cash on hand. Democratic challenger Joel Tyner reported no receipts for the first quarter and has no cash on hand. Numbers for Democrat Julian Schreibman were not available on Monday.


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