Democrat Dave Weprin raised and spent significantly more money than Republican Bob Turner in the frenzied days before a high-profile New York 9th District special congressional election, federal campaign documents filed Thursday evening indicate.
Weprin, a state assemblyman, ultimately lost the September 13 election that he initially appeared poised to bag. His district had been represented by a Democrat — most recently Anthony Weiner, whose resignation in June prompted the special election — for more than 90 years.
The new filings show that Weprin rushed to shore up his flagging campaign: In the final week before Election Day, he spent nearly a quarter-million dollars on advertising, according to his post-election filing. Most of that went toward television ads, although he also spent four-figure sums placing ads in Jewish media outlets within the heavily Jewish district.
The filings, which cover the period between August 25 and October 3, indicate Weprin spent more than $513,000 while raising more than $481,000. Turner, a businessman, spent more than $350,000 for the period and raised about $285,000.
Turner’s spend on polling services, his largest outlay, accounted for $83,540, or not quite a quarter of his expenditures for the period. Media purchases and production costs together amounted to less than $56,000 of his expenditures.
He received 11th-hour support from individuals and political action committees including $5,000 each from the Republican National Committee, the Tea Party Express’s Our Country Deserves Better PAC, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Every Republican is Crucial leadership PAC, as well as $2,000 from Friends of John Boehner.
Weprin’s donations included $5,000 each from the Service Employees International Union, Transport Workers Union and National Education Association PACs.
In Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District special election, Democrat Kate Marshall on Thursday reported spending nearly $285,000 — nearly half went toward media buys — from late August though Election Day. She took in about $116,000, records indicate.
Republican Mark Amodei, who easily defeated Marshall in the September 13 vote, spent an almost identical amount for the period, about $282,000, while recording relatively more robust contributions of about $214,000. Amodei did, however, report having $106,366 in debt through early October.
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