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Owens raises $214K, has $554K in campaign account

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Rep. William L. Owens raised about $214,000 for his re-election fight in November, leaving him with about $554,000 in the bank.

While that gives him more than a $200,000 edge over his most active Republican rival in November, Watertown businessman Matthew A. Doheny, the trend lines point toward another election in which Mr. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, will likely be outspent.

“Congressman Owens is pleased to have strong support from constituents who live inside New York's 23rd Congressional District,” spokesman Sean R. Magers said in an email. “Having a well funded campaign will help Owens support his message of working together to promote economic growth in New York.”

Of that money, about $80,000 came from individuals and $134,250 came from political action committees. The north country does not present a rich fundraising base for candidates. Mr. Owens spent just more than $60,000 on campaign-related expenses.

Mr. Doheny, his 2010 opponent, raised $306,000, and had $316,000 on hand, relying on high-dollar donors rather than PACS. The haul put him slightly behind his opponent. But that was after only one month of active fundraising for Mr. Doheny, while Mr. Owens had been raising funds all year. Mr. Doheny hasn't yet dipped into his own pockets. A financial portfolio manager, Mr. Doheny spent more than $2 million on his unsuccessful effort in 2010 and has signaled a willingness to do so again.

In 2010, Mr. Doheny outspent Mr. Owens by a roughly 2-to-1 margin, $3.4 million to $1.8 million. The election was decided by fewer than 2,000 votes, one of the closest House races in the nation.

None of Mr. Doheny's possible Republican primary opponents had filed campaign finance reports by Tuesday evening. The deadline to file reports was midnight Tuesday.

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