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In first fundraising haul, Doheny relies on high-dollar donors

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Republican Matt Doheny relied on friends and business contacts to bring in his first fundraising haul of the 2012 congressional race.

Mr. Doheny, who is challenging Rep. BIll Owens, D-Plattsburgh, in November, took in about $306,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012. The average donation was more than $2,200 — close to the maximum donation of $2,500.

Many donors maxed out with $2,500 for the general and primary elections.

And only two donors — John P. Gaus and Richard R. Macsherry, both of Watertown — live within the 23rd Congressional District. Candidates usually have a hard time fundraising in the low-wealth 23rd Congressional District.

"Obviously, Matt has friends and business contacts that are everywhere," said Doheny spokesman Jude Seymour. "When he needed to start fundraising, he reached out to his core group of people."*

Many of the donors are from the world of corporate finance.

Mr. Seymour said that in the next go-around, we're likely to see more donations within the district as his fundraising team shifts focus from corporate contacts to fundraisers in the 23rd.

"We're absolutely confident in our ability," Mr. Seymour said. "There's plenty more where it came from."

Mr. Doheny, who lent his campaign more than $2 million in his unsuccessful 2010 run, didn't lend his campaign any money this time around, though he's signaled that he's open to it.

Mr. Doheny has enlisted the help of a 50-member fundraising team, headed by Harry Wilson, an unsuccessful comptroller candidate in 2010. Many of the members of that team were donors themselves, Mr. Seymour said. The campaign hasn't said who the 50 people are, but in general, they're friends and former business associates of Mr. Doheny.

He has about $316,000 on hand. Mr. Owens has yet to report his own finances, but has about $400,000 on hand after a year full of fundraising (Mr. Dohney was basically dormant until late November).

Mr. Doheny's possible Republican challenger, Kellie Greene, has also yet to report her finances. Her supporters in Arizona have held a fundraiser for her.

*An original version of this article incorrectly quoted Mr. Seymour.

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