So by now you've read my take on Doug Hoffman's campaign finance reports (and basically, my conclusion is that there's no evidence he's going to run again, despite the fact that his campaign coffers are active).
Republican Matt Doheny, who
lost won the GOP primary for Congress to over Mr. Hoffman in 2010, has similarly not all that much to say in his campaign finance reports.
Mr. Doheny again didn't raise any money from July to the end of September — but he also only became a candidate, able to raise boatloads of cash, on Sept. 21.
He also only had $565 in expenditures — the types of small-ticket items like banking fees and the like.
You might ask yourself — as I asked myself — how Mr. Doheny only has spent $565 when he has two full-time staffers, a spokesman and a volunteer coordinator, working for him.
Well, here's how: The two employees weren't getting paid, they were just accruing hours, to be paid after Mr. Doheny's candidacy became official and thus able to spend more than $5,000, said campaign spokesman Jude Seymour. It wasn't pro bono work. It was work on credit.
And that's totally kosher under Federal Election Commission guidelines. So you'll start seeing it in the next quarterly go-around.
So here are the vital stats: Mr. Doheny has $3,3204 on hand, raised $0, spent $565, and still has $2.3 million in debt (via loans from the candidate, so, no troubles there). The only indication we can get, the only information we can glean, the only conclusions we can draw: Mr. Doheny started his candidacy about a week before the reporting deadline.
Still waiting on the man Mr. Doheny is likely to challenge in November 2012, Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
*(Embarrassing error alert! I originally said, brain fart mania-esque, that Mr. Doheny lost to Mr. Hoffman in the 2010 GOP primary. He bested him, of course.)