Candidates open their wallets in NY-26 House race
May 18th, 2011
06:19 PM ET
11 years ago

Candidates open their wallets in NY-26 House race

Washington (CNN) - Six days before the special election in New York's 26th district takes place, two candidates in the three-way race have opened their personal wallets to boost last-minute campaign efforts.

According to Federal Election Commission filings, Republican candidate Jane Corwin loaned her campaign $300,000 and third-party candidate Jack Davis loaned $550,000 of his own money to aid his election efforts.

Davis refuses to accept donations and is the only contributor listed on his most recent FEC report Tuesday, which covers contributions and loans received over a 48-hour period.

This raises the amount from personal fortunes invested in the race. Corwin has lent a total of $2.76 million of her own funds to her campaign to date. Davis has invested $2.65 million in his campaign.

Republican Rep. Chris Lee resigned from Congress in February after he was found to have e-mailed shirtless photos of himself and flirted with women online through the website Craigslist. Lee, who is married, apologized to donors, vowed to refund donations, and vacated his seat.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a special election to fill Lee's seat in early March.

Corwin, a member of the state assembly, Jack Davis, a former conservative Democrat turned Tea Party candidate, and Democrat Kathy Hochul, the Erie County clerk, are all vying for Lee's open seat in a heated race that has run the gamut from physical altercations to ad wars over Medicare.

Independent groups including the conservative American Crossroads and Democratic-leaning House Majority PAC have taken an interest in the open race. House Majority PAC purchased ads through next week targeting Corwin after American Crossroads released ads in support of her.

Freedomworks, another conservative group, and the National Republican Congressional Committee both took aim at Jack Davis in an effort to minimize his third-party threat; the NRSC also launched ads criticizing Hochul.

But overall, Corwin and Davis appear to have invested the most in their own campaigns.

Voters will travel to the polls in New York's 26th on May 24.

Filed under: New York • NY-26
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Why are Republicans so nervous about this race? It should be a fast break slam dunk. Maybe, the American people do not like the Sucker Punch the GOTP pulled on the country during the 2010 Elections. The GOTP has not just overreached, but they have reached to far. More and more Americans are saying "never again" to Republicans. They violated the public's trust. They are tired of the lies like the 'temporary' Bush Tax Cuts, which didn't create any jobs.

    May 18, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. duke

    Its no longer about us(The people),
    Right Now the People's business is being placed on hold,while big moneyed interest decide what politicians will craft policies that best fit their financial interest!
    Sad thing is they can't do it without you!!

    May 18, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom(real one)

    This IS SO amusing, a NY District that has been RED......... for years and years ...... and now the GOP/Teas are shaking in their boots!!! FUNNY!!!

    Put your wallets away NY-26........... IS............. BLUE!!!

    May 18, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. obayashi

    I will vote Hochul. Tired of RP/TB's Bill to Kill Medicare and privatize Social Security. They are Party of No and The Filibusterers bringing this country down and throwing Grandma and Grandpa and the middle class under the bus.

    May 18, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |