The campaigns for Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, and Republican Matt Doheny had a simple message to potential donors before a Sept. 30 deadline: The people who are funding the other guy's campaign are really awful.
First, from an open letter entitled "Mongolia?" by Mr. Owens: "The polls show us in a strong position to win, but we're getting outspent by our self-funding opponent. On top of that, The Center for Individual Freedom, a shady right-wing Super PAC affiliated with Karl Rove, big tobacco and, strangely enough, Mongolian mining interests, has just made a huge advertising buy in our district."
Two things to note here: First of all, Mr. Doheny hasn't yet donated to his own campaign, and so far, Mr. Owens has actually outraised Mr. Doheny. If Part 1 comes true, Part 2 may well become untrue.
And here's an appeal from Kathleen Tyson, the finance director for Mr. Doheny's campaign:
"Bill Owens has amped up his attacks on Matt through local media and mailings, and we cannot let him continue! Matt simply cannot compete with the lobbyist money and special interest donations that are backing Owens' campaign. He needs your help today."
The largest donor type to Mr. Owens' campaign is indeed political action committees.
Man, the other campaign's donors are just the worst, right? both campaigns agreed.
The deadline has passed, and in about two weeks, when Federal Elections Commission reports come out, who's winning the fundraising war, whether Mr. Doheny has yet donated to his own campaign, and whether the Doheny campaign has managed to keep pace with its blistering fourth-quarter of 2011 pace after some bad polling numbers.