Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman raised $211,000 from October 15 through October 21, an aide to Hoffman said Friday.
The aide - Rob Ryan - attributed the spike in fund-raising to the national attention the race for the 23rd Congressional District has drawn.
Conservative bloggers and talk show hosts, including Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, have favorably mentioned Hoffman.
The numbers can't be independently verified, since the latest federal campaign reports only cover the period up through October 14.
Those reports show Bill Owens, the Democratic candidate, running far ahead of the other two candidates in fund-raising.
Owens has raised just over $500,000, while Hoffman raised $205,000 and Republican Dede Scozzafava a reported $233,000.
Owens spent $296,000 on media, most of which is probably television. Hoffman spent just under $90,000.
Although both Owens and Hoffman raised substantial sums outside the district, 7 News reporter Jeff Nelson, analysing the reports Friday, said Owens has a significant number of 'in district' contributors, while almost all of Hoffman's money is coming from outside the district.
Hoffman got $82,000 from the conservative 'Club For Growth' PAC, while Owens got $106,000 from the 'ActBlue' Democratic PAC, and $6000 from the 'Nancy Pelosi For Congress' committee.
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