Republicans Matthew A. Doheny and Kellie A. Greene both earned less in the past year and a half than they usually did — though Mr. Doheny’s “less” is more than Ms. Greene’s.
Mr. Doheny earned $439,587 in wages in 2011 and in the first few months of 2012 from his jobs as a college instructor, as a board member at two companies and as the president of a Watertown-based investment firm. A tidy sum, to be sure, but much less than the $8.4 million in wages he earned in 2010.
Meanwhile, Ms. Greene has made just over $8,000 since the beginning of 2011. But before she became a full-time student at Fuller Theological Seminary in California, Ms. Greene earned much more money as a logistics consultant, said her spokesman, Shane Wikfors.
The personal finance disclosures, which were provided by each campaign, reflect the careers that the two would like to give to earn $174,000 annually as a member of Congress. To do so, they’ll need to beat Rep. William L. Owens, who made his congressional salary, plus between $100,609 and $268,200 in investment income. The Republican primary is June 26. Political pitfalls are evident for both Republicans: The word “millionaire,” as an epithet, is frequently flung at Mr. Doheny by the House Democratic campaign, while some of his own political supporters privately scoffed at Ms. Greene’s high debt to income ratio.
In 2011, Ms. Greene was paid $7,809 by New York Air Brake Corp. in Watertown, according to the disclosure. In 2012, Cost Containment Management Services LLC in East Amherst paid her $200.
Unlike Mr. Doheny, Ms. Greene — who said she’s relied on savings to get her through the campaign — carries a large debt load. She owes between $250,001 and $500,000 in student loans, she reported, and is carrying between $20,000 and $30,000 in credit card debt.
The disparity in personal finances between Mr. Doheny and Ms. Greene are mirrored on the political level. Mr. Doheny’s ability to raise funds for his campaign has ranked near the top nationally among House Republican challengers, while Ms. Greene had taken in $2,795 in donations. Her most generous benefactor was herself. She spent $750 of her own money on her campaign.
Mr. Doheny, an investment fund manager, also made money from retirement accounts and other investments. He took in between $150,606 and $1.1 million since the beginning of 2011 until May. Assets included a Deutsche Bank pension account and capital gains earnings from between $100,001 and $1,000,000 just this year from North Country Capital LLC, the firm he founded in 2011. The company, which he says invests in local startups and companies looking to expand, is worth between $1 million and $5 million, he reported. He owed no debt, according to the financial disclosure.
He sits on the board at YRC Worldwide, a transportation company, and BridgeStreet Worldwide, a high-end extended stay hotel company.