Three New York 21st Congressional District candidates filed campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission Wednesday in the race to replace the retiring U.S. Rep. Bill Owens.
Republican Matt Doheny from Watertown raised the most out of all the candidates this quarter, which is from Jan. 1 to March 31.
Doheny's current cash on hand is $516,444. The net contributions he received is $291,667, and another $250,500 he loaned to the campaign. Doheny spent $25,722 during the quarter.
(Editor's note: This graphic has been corrected; a previous version accidentally swapped Stefanik and Woolf's donation totals.)
Doheny said his campaign fundraising makes him the clear frontrunner.
"I'm just humbled by the incredible support we have received since we launched our campaign," Doheny wrote in a press release.
Democrat Aaron Woolf of Elizabethtown has $403,405 cash on hand. The net contributions he received total $217,184, and he loaned $200,000 to the campaign. Woolf spent $13,779 during the quarter.
"I am extremely proud of the great start to our campaign, and can feel the momentum as we speak with residents throughout the 21st Congressional District of New York," Woolf wrote in a press release.
Elise Stefanik of Willsboro has $350,825 cash on hand. The net contributions she received are $157,592, and the campaign had $31,489 in loans or debt. Stefanik spent $119,812, the most of all the candidates during the quarter, on a mail program and radio advertising. She has raised close to $524,000 to date, according to her campaign, more than Woolf but less than Doheny. She also joined the race months before they did.
"I'm so thankful for the support and encouragement we've received since the beginning of the year," Stefanik wrote in a press release. "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."
Finance filings for Democratic candidate Stephen Burke of Macomb and Green Party candidates Donald Hassig of Colton and Matt Funiciello of Glens Falls were not found on the FEC website.
There will be primary elections held on June 24 for the parties: Doheny vs. Stefanik for the Republicans, Burke vs. Woolf for Democrats and Funiciello vs. Hassig for the Greens.
Petition challenges have been filed against Stefanik, Burke, Funiciello and Doheny. Hassig's petitions, which were mailed on the last day of the deadline to file, were received by the Board of Elections April 14.
No Astorino endorsement
Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino has been campaigning with both Stefanik and Doheny, at different events recently - leading to the obvious question: Has he decided to endorse a candidate?
"I'm staying out of that," Astorino said when asked by the Enterprise.
Astorino said he likes both Stefanik and Doheny and will support whoever wins the primary.
"They're two great candidates and great people," he said.