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After expensive primary, Stefanik trails Woolf badly in cash on hand in NY21


WATERTOWN — Candidates for New York’s 21st Congressional District have filed their second-quarter reports with the Federal Election Commission, revealing a wide disparity in operating cash as Republican Elise M. Stefanik emerges from a tough but decisive primary win to face Democrat Aaron G. Woolf and Green Party candidate Matthew J. Funiciello in the general election.

According to FEC filings, Ms. Stefanik has only $152,103 on hand after spending more than $680,000 on her primary campaign against Matthew A. Doheny.

Mr. Woolf, who did not face a primary opponent, reported having $757,834 in cash on hand

In the event of a primary election, the FEC divides second-quarter filings into pre-primary and after-primary reports.

According to those reports, Ms. Stefanik’s campaign had total receipts of $311,761 during the second quarter and total disbursements of $510,483. Her campaign has raised $836,126 in individual and committee contributions since August but has spent $684,023 over that same period.

Mr. Doheny, a three-time candidate who lost by a greater than 20-point margin to Ms. Stefanik, reported having $192,195 in cash on hand in a second-quarter report filed June 20. But on Tuesday, the deadline for second-quarter results, Mr. Doheny’s campaign filed an amended report showing just $24,609 in cash on hand, not nearly enough to cover the $250,500 Mr. Doheny lent his campaign earlier in the year.

According to his campaign filings, Mr. Woolf raised more than $570,000 in the second quarter and spent $218,458. His campaign has raised $990,073 in this election cycle to date and has spent $227,238.

Like Mr. Doheny, Mr. Woolf lent his campaign a substantial amount of money — $200,000 — in the early days of the contest. He lent his campaign another $200,000 in the second quarter.

Without Mr. Woolf’s second $200,000 loan, the contributions his campaign collected during the second quarter total $372,888.

Ms. Stefanik has lent her campaign $35,000.

According to Peter LaVenia, Mr. Funiciello’s campaign manager, Mr. Funiciello raised $5,314 in the second quarter and spent $3,155, leaving him with a little over $2,100 cash on hand.

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