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Democrats to spend more than $800K on TV ads for Woolf, $140K on Watertown ads

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WATERTOWN — The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved more than $800,000 in TV advertising time at stations in and around New York’s 21st Congressional District in the race to replace Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh.

The DCCC plans to spend $480,000 on Albany broadcast and cable ads, $200,000 on Burlington, Vt., and Plattsburgh broadcast ads and $140,000 for Watertown broadcast ads from Oct. 21 to Nov. 4., according to an Associated Press report Thursday.

Democrat Aaron G. Woolf, a documentary filmmaker with a home in Elizabethtown, wants to replace Rep. Owens.

The proposed media buy can be attributed partly to ad campaigns launched by Mr. Woolf’s opposition, DCCC communications director Emily Bittner said in an email.

“Aaron Woolf is running a very strong campaign and we’re confident that he will be successful in November,” she said. “But he will undoubtedly face an unprecedented onslaught of spending from billionaire outside groups like the Koch brothers.”

Mr. Woolf is expected to face three other candidates in the general election. Elise M. Stefanik, Willsboro, and Matthew A. Doheny, Watertown, are competing in a June 24 primary for the Republican nomination, although Ms. Stefanik has secured the Conservative Party endorsement while Mr. Doheny has captured the Independence Party line. Matthew J. Funiciello, Glens Falls, is the Green Party candidate.

Though national Republican operatives have indicated they are targeting the district, which had long been represented by their party, their desired advertising time has not been made public.

“We intend to pursue every opportunity we have to maximize our chances to retake this seat historically held by Republicans,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ian Prior emailed.

According to OpenSecrets.org, the DCCC spent $1.2 million in the 2012 election in which Rep. Owens faced Mr. Doheny. The NRCC spent $782,093.

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