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Doheny outspends Owens for first time

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Republican Matthew A. Doheny has spent nearly $650,000 in October, meaning for the first time in the election cycle, he has spent more money than his Nov. 6 opponent, Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh.

Mr. Owens is not far behind. According to Federal Elections Commission reports, Mr. Owens spent $450,000 from Oct. 1 to 17, bringing his total since the beginning of 2011 to $1.5 million. Mr. Doheny, a Watertown resident, has spent a total of $1.6 million in a much shorter time frame — he only began actively campaigning and raising money at the end of 2011. Mr. Owens has almost four times as much money to spend in his campaign account with $412,761 to Mr. Doheny’s $113,557, while Mr. Doheny could again lend money to his campaign, so the final figure on who spends the most could be a photo finish.

Add outside spending into the race and the spending gap widens significantly. Mr. Doheny’s supporters have vastly outspent Mr. Owens’s backers. Independent expenditure groups have poured more than $2.2 million into the district to oppose Mr. Owens, according to data compiled at the Center for Responsive Politics website OpenSecrets.org. One group — the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — has spent $617,300 to oppose Mr. Doheny.

In October, Mr. Owens raised $52,000 from individuals and $30,350 from political action committees and took in $9,950 in transfers from other committees.

PAC donors included agriculture interests, the New York ChoicePac and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Mr. Doheny raised about $37,000 from individuals, received $6,800 from political action committees and wrote his campaign a $450,000 check. Candidates are allowed to lend their campaigns money, and it’s rarely paid back. Mr. Doheny has now lent $750,000 to his campaign after lending $2.3 million in his 2010 run.

Donors to Mr. Doheny included Friends of Joanie Mahoney, the campaign account for the Onondaga County executive; and a political action committee for a homebuilders’ association.

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