November 20th, 2009
02:53 PM ET
4 years ago

NY-23 drains congressional campaign committees

Washington (CNN) – Call it the New York-23 effect: Both the Democratic and Republican congressional re-election committees spent more money than they took in last month.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported Thursday that it raised $3.76 million in October, but spent $3.98 million. A similar story from the National Republican Congressional Committee, which said it brought in $3.4 million last month, but spent $3.6 million.

So where did the money go? Both committees infused campaign cash into the special election in New York's 23rd congressional district.

The race, to fill the seat left vacant when Republican congressman John McHugh stepped down to become Secretary of the Army, turned into a three-way contest between official GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava, Conservative Party candidate Dough Hoffman, and Democrat Bill Owens.


Scozzafava dropped out of contest three days before the election, after conservatives in the GOP backed Hoffman's bid. Owens ended up narrowly winning the election, taking a district Democrats haven't controlled since the 19th century. A count of absentee ballots continues.

The DCCC says it has $14.52 million cash on hand, with $3.3 million in debt. The NRSC reports $4.2 million in the bank, with $2 million in debt.

Next November, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for grabs. Democrats currently hold a 258-177 advantage in the House.

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Filed under: DCCC • Fundraising • NRCC
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. T'SAH from Virginia

    BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS............. A DEMOCRAT WON IN NY-23!!!

    This will continue and while the GOP brags about how much money they took in each month – we're still going to OUTraise them; OUTspend them, OUTbeat them, OUTlast them, OUTrule them, OUTlcast them, OUTlook them, OUTvote them and definitely – With NO DOUBT about it – OUTwin them!!! YES WE CAN!!

    November 20, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. LacrosseMom

    The bottom line is..........

    The DEMOCRATS picked up TWO Congressional seats in the mid-terms!

    Americans are not going to be fooled by the GOP again.

    November 20, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. if nothing else

    at least the 'palin effect' was shown to be zero

    November 20, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Felonious Monk

    How much does the candidate make per year? Notice I did not say "earn". They are spending millions for a job that pays thousands. What kind of logic is that?
    It's a corruption thing, corruption, corruption, corruption.

    Sad day for America, at least the America I grew up with and loved. Sad to see it go, but it's gone.

    November 20, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It looks like the Dems made a better investment.

    November 20, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. snood

    Seems about right Both parties are always spending more then bringing in that is one reason we are in the shape we are as a country. Both sides to blame . Dems alittle bit more though at the moment But Iam sure the spend will even out

    November 20, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. New Yorker

    Paul Steinhauser – the name is Doug Hoffman and you failed to mention the vote may be contested because of the vote tampering (or computer malfunctions) that took place. Why would a district who voted for Republicans for over 100 years suddenly vote for a democrat? They wouldn't and they didn't.

    November 20, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Jack

    No one has mentioned campaign financing reform given the debate on healthcare reform but a good start would be not allowing out-of-state money from ANYONE to be used to elect officials from a state. It amazes me that we allow money to be sent from NY to Texas to "pay" for a politician to be elected in Texas representing Texas. I think only money from instate sources should be allowed to pay for the campaign. I don't need anyone from NY, CA, WY, or anyother state helping fund a Texas representative or senators election.

    think about it. Getting money from out-of-state to elect a state official is stupid.

    November 20, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Sea.gem

    There's political spending for you...and you want these people to handle Health Insurance too?...laughable!

    November 20, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Well, that was certainly fiscally responsible of you GOPers. How'd that work out for ya?

    November 20, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "And the GOP is going to try to steal this one too! Watch out, the lawyers are mounting."

    Thanks Fake Sniffit. I'm sure everyone is completely convinced your moronic blather is me.

    November 20, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Michael

    So the GOP spent millions in NY-23 and the Republican dropped out of the race, the Dems spent missions in NY-23 and the Democrat won, the GOP spent millions in NY-23 and the Conservative lost.

    Yet the Democrat won! I am glad the GOP spent so much money and got nothing in return.

    November 20, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. Kiran

    These are the same morons who preach about/and attack each other on the budget...please!!! THROW ALL THE BUMS OUT!!

    November 20, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. nsmith

    to my fellow New Yorker- why would a district thoroughly dominated by Republicans for generations suddenly rig the voting machines to elect a Democrat? They wouldn't, and didn't. Stop the paranoia. Both sides overlook the very compelling reason Hoffman lost- voters are not going to elect a carpetbagger who doesn't even pretend to be interested in local issues, and whose campaign calls those who are concerned about them "parochial". Hence this race does not really prove anything about Conservative vs. Moderate, or Republican vs. Democrat.

    November 20, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. New Yorker

    To nsmisth – Do a real search and get an update on the facts; they speak for themselves. It's not paranoia. just want a fair tally of the votes if that's not asking for too much.

    November 20, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Get Real

    All that money could have helped people in need.

    November 20, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |