NY-23: 86 Percent of Owens’ Contributions From Outside District
Tuesday, November 03, 2009 at 6:14 pm
Here’s a follow up to my post yesterday on NY-23 Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman’s outside-of-the-district fundraising, which came in at a remarkable 95 percent. Today I crunched the Federal Election Commission numbers for Democratic candidate Bill Owens. Nearly 86 percent of his contributions came from outside the 23rd Congressional District in upstate New York. Only $121,596 of $843,441 actually came from potential constituents. That money flowed in from 21 states, compared to Hoffman’s 35 states.
Owens’ biggest single donor was the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which contributed a total of $92,416 to his campaign — about 11 percent of the total. It’s a hefty sum, but not particularly surprising considering the source. As I pointed out yesterday, Hoffman received more than one-third of his campaign funds ($265,341) from his single largest donor, the Washington-based Club of Growth, which chipped in $83,260. That an independent advocacy group could almost match a national party’s fund is impressive, but could it work as a national strategy? 2010 is just around the corner.
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