New York's 23rd district has been a quirky race all around, and, with all the national attention it's drawn, so too has come a good deal of national money. With only one House race happening in '09, where else would it go?
It's also being looked at as an ideological microcosm for the rest of the country, meaning interest groups had a point to prove in this contest, and that's exactly what they tried to do--with money.
So here's a breakdown of who spent what in New York's 23rd district, and who the major players were:
The three key players have been the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the conservative, Hoffman-backing, Club for Growth, one of the nation's leading free-enterprise groups, which poured almost as much resources into the race as the national parties did.
The Club announced this afternoon that it spent over a million dollars--$1,022,040 to be exact--in support of Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, including just over $375,000 in donations bundled from Club members. It's direct spending totaled $645,276.
To put this in perspective, it's more than Democrat Bill Owens ($373,836) and Hoffman himself ($229,878) had spent, put together, as of their last full finance reports two weeks ago. (Right now, neither campaign knows exactly how much it has spent, exactly, and if you call them and ask, they'll tell you they're a little busy.)