The three candidates who spent millions vying for the 23rd Congressional District did little last month to pay down the debts to themselves and, in a few cases, their former staff.
Republican Matt Doheny, who finished a close second in the race, continues to owe the most. Federal Elections Commission reports filed Monday show the Doheny campaign did not pay off any of $2.265 million it owes its candidate in the period, which covers Nov. 23 to Dec. 31.
Doheny took in nothing this period, spent $1,877 and had $8,104 cash on hand at year's end.
Doug Hoffman, who lost the Republican primary, still owes $112,185. The campaign has a $94,900 debt with its candidate, but also owes $5,000 to campaign manager Patrick Gerhart and $4,000 to campaign spokesman Rob Ryan. Despite not being an active campaigner since early October, the Saranac Lake accountant took in $1,025 this period. He spent $3,835, including $1,100 paid to campaign field director John P. Lewis.
Hoffman has $493.22 on hand.
Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, still has $43,499 in debt - and, because he's still fundraising, has the best chance to pay it back. The campaign owes $30,000 to its candidate, and $10,000 to former campaign manager Clay Schroers.
Owens raised $7,155 this period, almost exclusively from political actions committees. He received $2,500 each from Walmart Stores PAC for Responsible Government, Bentonville, Ark. and Machinists Non-Partisan Political League, Upper Marlboro, Md.
He spent $14,642.33, including $3,306 paid to the Democratic National Committee.
Sean Magers, the congressman's spokesman, said the party committee just billed Owens for the President Obama's travel expenses from an October 2009 trip to New York City. The president held a 30-minute fundraiser for the candidate. (A quick aside: The DNC reportedly made $3 million that night because of Obama's presence at their fundraiser, which was held after Owens'.)
The congressman also paid $1,216 in expenses related to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's appearance at an Owens' fundraiser last October in New York City.
Dede Scozzafava, the Republican and Independence candidate in the 2009 special election, has $38,253 debts remaining. The now state deputy secretary for local governments took in nothing this period, spent nothing and has no cash on hand.