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Doheny claiming to best opponents in NY21 for campaign finance collections in first quarter


Facing today’s Federal Election Commission filing deadline, two candidates in the race for New York’s 21st Congressional District seat released their fundraising numbers.

Elise M. Stefanik, the Republican candidate from Willsboro, announced that she raised more than $268,000 during the first quarter of the 2014 election year and that her campaign has drawn more than $524,000 to date, with $350,000 cash on hand at the end of the quarter.

According to a news release accompanying the announcement, Ms. Stefanik said that her campaign has shown a record number of individual donations from every county in the district and a record for total individual donations.

“I’m so thankful for the support and encouragement we’ve received since the beginning of the year,” Ms. Stefanik said in the release. “As more and more voters in the 21st District hear our message, they agree and are enthusiastically supporting our campaign. This past financial quarter was our best because our message is resonating far and wide, and voters in the 21st agree we need fresh energy, new ideas and new leadership in Congress.”

Later in the day, Democratic candidate Aaron F. Woolf announced that his campaign has raised more than $205,000 in the 40 days since he registered with the FEC on Feb. 21.

Mr. Woolf is adding a personal loan of $200,000 to that amount for a total of $400,000 cash on hand at the end of the first quarter.

Mr. Woolf’s campaign announced that more than 300 citizens have donated money, with more than 60 percent of the funds coming from within New York state and more than 60 percent of the donors giving less than $250, according to a news release accompanying the announcement.

For Mr. Woolf, the money his campaign has raised so far was instrumental in allowing him to build momentum and strength as he takes on Ms. Stefanik and Mr. Doheny, two candidates his campaign called “far-right Republicans.”

“This election is about priorities,” Mr. Woolf said in the release. “The priorities of Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny are misplaced and misguided.” “Their support for ending the Medicare guarantee, raising taxes on middle class families and slashing education threatens our region’s economic future. Stefanik and Doheny’s far right-wing allies in Congress have supported the Ryan budget and many policies that would hurt numerous middle class families in upstate New York and the North Country. Instead of rubber-stamping Paul Ryan’s reckless budget and supporting unsound priorities, we need to focus our priorities on working together to find responsible solutions that grow our middle class and create more jobs.”

David M. Catalfamo, a spokesman for Mr. Doheny, said that the candidate will release figures today that are “better than what’s being reported by our opponents.”

After touring Slack Chemicals in Carthage, Mr. Doheny said, “We’ve had a great quarter. We’re proud of our efforts in such a short period of time.”

Mr. Doheny entered the race on Feb. 19, shortly after Democratic Party leaders tapped Mr. Woolf to carry their banner. Ms. Stefanik began campaigning in August and in October reported $180,000 in campaign funds after the end of the third quarter.

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