Republican Matt Doheny was one of 26 House candidates who outraised incumbents in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to an analysis from the Daily Kos, a liberal blog.
Mr. Doheny raised more money than Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, with only a month of active fundraising.
He ranked 27th out of 478 House candidates, according to the analysis. When considering just House challengers, and not incumbents, he ranked 11th.
Mr. Owens still has more cash on hand — $554,000 to $316,000. If the trend lines remain consistent, I expect the Doheny campaign to outspend the Owens campaign, particularly if Mr. Doheny dips into his own pockets for the November race.
Mr. Owens ranked 88th of the 478 candidates in fourth-quarter fundraising. He also started a leadership PAC, which raked in $5,500.
The north country doesn't exactly provide fertile ground on which money can grow on fundraising trees, so the candidates have to look elsewhere to get the majority of their cash to buy things like TV time, palm cards, and parade candy. Mr. Owens took in more money from political action committees, like unions and fellow House Democrats, than he did from individuals. But he did a better job garnering small-dollar donations from people who live within the 11-county district than did Mr. Doheny, whose average donation was close to the maximum donation and whose ranks included two people from the north country. Expect Mr. Doheny's next quarter of fundraising, with more in-district events, to include some more familiar zip codes.