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Owens' haul brings him to 74th percentile


Rep. Bill Owens' third-quarter fundraising haul put him in the 74th percentile among the 674 House candidates, according to figures from the Federal Election Commission.
Mr. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, raised a total of $167,099 from July to Sept. 30, putting him in 173rd place. He's on the Democrats' "Frontline" list of vulnerable incumbents who need fundraising support. Much of that support comes from leadership PACs — when you sort by individual contributions, Mr. Owens' ranking drops more than 60, to 229th. Mr. Owens lent his own campaign $29,000, which isn't included in "contributions".
The No. 1 fundraiser in the House was Rep. Allen West, a Republican firebrand with tea party ties. (Note: There were certain technical parameters that I put on the FEC data; for example, I set the minimum contribution at $1. So there might be slightly different analyses, but these numbers will get you to a close approximation of fundraising prowess.)
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, a Republican of Onondaga Hill, didn't fare too much better than she had before, ranking 363nd with a total of $89,000. According to a New York Times story, Ms. Buerkle is being closely watched as a possibly GOPer whose district might get combined with others when the state redraws its political lines.
Out of the 35 New Yorkers who raised at least $1, Mr. Owens ranked 14th and Ms. Buerkle ranked 20th. Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel was No. 1, with about $347,000 in total contributions. (Those 36 New Yorkers, by the way, include disgraced Rep. Chris Lee, who resigned amid a lewd-picture scandal, and Doug Hoffman, who's probably not going to run. They don't include Republican Matt Doheny, who is going to run, because he hasn't yet taken in any contributions.)
Mr. Owens had a total of $393,465 cash on hand at the end of the cycle. He spent $46,958.

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