What a difference two years makes.
With less than a month until the Nov. 6 state legislative races, state Legislature candidates in the north country have raised much less cash than they had at the same point in 2010, the result of less competitive races. Incumbents favored in every race sigificantly outrased opponents.
The race for a state Senate seat provides the most obvious example.
At this point in 2010, then-St. Lawrence County Clerk Patricia A. Ritchie had raised $90,543 and spent $98,167. In the same period this year, Mrs. Ritchie, a freshman Republican legislator of Heuvelton, has raised $39,235 and spent $32,708. She has $115,757 in the bank, able to be deployed. But it has gone relatively untouched, and its not clear whether the campaign will air television ads, sometimes an expensive proposition that played a role in the 2010 race.
The $39,235 haul since July put Mrs. Ritchie in 32nd place among Republicans in the state Senate, out of 42 candidates who have raised more than $1,000.
But she still far outraised her Democratic opponent, Oswego County Legislator Amy M. Tresidder. Mrs. Tresidder raised $13,609 since July, and spent $14,145. She has $15,809 in the bank.
Compare that with Mrs. Tresidders electoral predecessor, former state Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine of Cape Vincent. In Mr. Aubertines unsuccessful re-election campaign against Mrs. Ritchie, he raised $125,412 and spent $233,938 in the run-up to the last month of the campaign.
Of the money that Mrs. Ritchie raised, $11,453 came from individuals, mostly residents in the Senate district she currently represents. She took in $3,175 from corporate donors, including several agricultural organizations like vineyards and the Monsanto Company. Groups like political organizations and committees gave her $20,875, including $10,000 from the campaign committee of state Sen. Elizabeth OC. Little, R-Queensbury, who doesnt he an opponent.
Mrs. Tresidder took in $10,370 from individuals and partnerships, also mostly from within the Senate district shes running for. She took in $700 from corporate donors, and $1,539 from political organizations.
State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, does not have an opponent. He raised $18,006 and spent $32,936 from July to October, and had $255,627 in the bank leading up to his re-election. Of the money Mr. Griffo spent, $25,000 was donated to the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, the political arm of the Senate Republican majority.
Mrs. Little, whose new district includes a large swath of eastern St. Lawrence County, raised $31,149 and spent $81,886, leaving her with $260,726. Much of the money that she spent went to fellow Republican candidates for public office.
Assemblyman Marc W. Butler, a Newport Republican, raised $15,440 and spent $14,858 from July to October. He has $4,691 to spend. That outpaces his Nov. 6 opponent, Joseph Chilelli, a Democrat of Herkimer, who raised $1,845, spent $199 and had $1,845 left over. The district now cuts into much of rural St. Lawrence County.
Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey, R-Peru, had$33,312 in her bank account after her Sept. 13 primary victory over Karen M. Bisso. Mrs. Bisso, who continues her campaign on the Conservative Party line, had $3,441. Timothy R. Carpenter, a Plattsburgh Democrat, has $250 to spend.
Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, D-Theresa, who doesnt have an opponent, has $9,618 in the bank after raising and spending about $7,000 from July to October. Assemblyman Kenneth D. Blankenbush, R-Black River, has $14,584 in his campaign account after raising $2,361 and spending $5,376. Assemblyman Willia A. Barclay, R-Pulaski, whose district will include Ellisburg in 2013, had $91,193 on hand after raising $4,700 and spending $10,858.