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DCCC reserves more than $800K in TV advertising time in NY21 race, $140K for Watertown

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WATERTOWN — The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved more than $800,000 in television advertising time at stations in and around New York’s 21st Congressional District in the race to replace Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh.

The DCCC looks to spend $480,000 on Albany broadcast and cable ads, $200,000 on Burlington, Vt., and Plattsburgh broadcast ads and $140,000 for Watertown broadcast ads from Oct. 21 to Nov. 4., according to an Associated Press report Thursday.

Democrat Aaron G. Woolf, a documentary filmmaker with a home in Elizabethtown, is running to replace Rep. Owens, who announced in January that he would not seek re-election.

The proposed media buy can be attributed partly to advertising campaigns launched by Mr. Woolf’s opposition, DCCC Communications Director Emily Bittner said in an email.

“Aaron Woolf is running a very strong campaign, and we’re confident that he will be successful in November,” she said. “But he will undoubtedly face an unprecedented onslaught of spending from billionaire outside groups like the Koch brothers, who want to stack the deck for special interests and the ultra-wealthy at the expense of the middle class. We have no intention of letting these shady billionaires’s lies go unanswered.”

In the general election, Mr. Woolf will likely face Green Party candidate Matthew J. Funiciello, Glens Falls, and the winner of the June 24 Republican primary between Elise M. Stefanik, Willsboro, and Matthew A. Doheny, Watertown. Ms. Stefanik has secured the Conservative Party endorsement while Mr. Doheny has captured the Independence Party line, setting the stage for a four-way general election.

Though national Republican operatives have indicated they are targeting the district, which has long been represented by their party, their desired advertising time has not been made public.

“We intend to pursue every opportunity we have to maximize our chances to retake this seat historically held by Republicans,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ian Prior said in an email.

According to OpenSecrets.org, the DCCC spent $1.2 million in the 2012 election in which Rep. Owens faced Mr. Doheny. The NRCC spent $782,093.

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