Hello dear reader! I realize that this is a little bit late, but I was off on Friday. I'm running (or going to attempt to run, as it were) in a triathlon in early August, so I needed to get my bike tuned up.. and I decided to go home (Somerville, Mass.) to do it. Long story.
Anyway, here's what I'm looking at today: In campaign finance reports released late last week, Rep. Bill Owens took in some cash while his potential Republican opponent, Matt Doheny, dished it out.
Mr. Owens, who is seeking a third (second-and-a-half?) term, brought in $215,113 total. Of that, $131,975 came from PACs and other related organizations and $82,895 came from individuals.
Mr. Owens received $27,000 from Democratic House leadership political action committees and from his colleagues' committees. Mr. Owens is a "Frontline" candidate, which means that the party has identified his race as a competitive one that they're looking to sink some money/organizing help into.
Mr. Owens has $240,102 on hand at the end of the reporting period, a war chest that will help him take on...
Mr. Doheny has been making it rain on the GOP candidates around the north country since January 1 of this year — a total of nearly $20,000.
Though he isn't a "public" candidate just yet — not raising money for himself or answering my pestering questions about Medicare and the debt ceiling and stuff — he's clearly laying the groundwork for the Republican, Conservative and even the Independence party lines.
He gave $10,000 — more than half of his total donations — to the state Conservative Campaign Committee. Now, recall that Mr. Doheny's loss of the Conservative Party line allowed Doug Hoffman to stay on the ballot and split the right, effectively costing him the election.
He also gave $2,500 to the Independence Party Chairman's Club. Donations of a few thousand dollars went to Republican and Conservative party committees around the 23rd District.
He also gave to a few local candidates — $200 to Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, $200 to Assemblyman Will Barclay, $1,000 to Jeff Graham's bid for mayoral re-election, and $1,000 to Mary Lou Rupp, the Conservative Party candidate. He gave $350 to state Sen. Hugh Farley, $375 to Erin Gall, an Oneida County resident running for judge in the Fifth Judicial District, and $500 to Tony Picente, the Oneida County executive.
Mr. Doheny has deep pockets and he ain't afraid to use them.