As first reported by Capital New York, Rep. Bill Owens has started his own leadership political action committee, called Adirondack Jobs PAC.
The fundraising war between Mr. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, and his likely Republican opponent, Watertown's Matt Doheny, is heating up. Mr. Doheny has a 50-member fundraising crew, and we're awaiting with abated breath the end-of-year fundraising reports, which will be out at the end of the month.
Mr. Owens can't spend any of the Adirondack Jobs PAC's money on his own campaign, but he can use the fund to help out fellow members of the House, as Reid Pillifant's story notes. He's gotten plenty of help from other members' leadership PACs; he represents a district that lacks a substantial grassroots fundraising base, and has been put on the DCCC's "Frontline" list of candidates that need fundraising and organizational assistance.
Politico is reporting, too, that Mr. Owens will attend a Washington, D.C. fundraiser with "dinner and Irish brews," hosted by the National Rifle Association. The website reports that the event will have a $500 minimum individual donation, and a $1,000 minimum PAC donation.
And here's something else that was pointed out to me on the FEC website: Remember Kellie Greene, the person who was emailing conservative activists in the north country about a possible interest in taking on Mr. Doheny in a Republican primary?
Well, she's apparently filled out some paperwork. The Federal Election Commission lists Ms. Greene as a Republican candidate in the 23rd Congressional District.