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. Dohenys $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. Dohenys supporters have vastly outspent Mr. Owenss 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 its 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.