Week ahead: campaign finance filings; Brooks-Slaughter and Romney-Obama debates



Congressional candidates have until midnight tonight to turn in their quarterly reports, which will tell us how much money they’ve raised who they’ve raised it from. The reports can also give us some idea of who supports a candidate, and how that candidate may vote if put into office.

In the 25th Congressional District race, incumbent Democrat Louise Slaughter had raised approximately $1.1 million through the end of June, and Republican Maggie Brooks had raised approximately $773,000.
Slaughter got a lot of her money from political action committees, which include unions and trade groups, according to an analysis of campaign reports by opensecrets.org. But Slaughter also gets money from a lot of small donors, a fact her campaign plays up.

Opensecrets says that the majority of Brooks’ contributions come from large donors. In fact, many of Brooks’ contributors maxed out the first time they gave to her. She has also received approximately one-fifth of her funding from political action committees.

Opensecrets also has an analysis of 27th Congressional District fundraising, but that race is a little trickier to follow. It says that as of June 30, Kathy Hochul raised $3.5 million in the current election cycle. But that total includes the money she raised during the 2011 special election where she won her seat. It also includes $500,000 she loaned herself.

Christopher Collins had raised approximately $260,500 through June 30, although he loaned himself $250,000 of that amount.

You can see the new filings by going here and searching each candidate’s name. Since most of the filings are done electronically, they’re available online shortly after they’re posted. - Jeremy Moule

The second presidential debate takes place Tuesday night, starting at 9 EST (and available live on numerous websites and radio and television stations).

This time, it’ll be a town hall-style debate where citizens will ask questions about domestic and foreign policy. The participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates. - Jeremy Moule

County Executive Maggie Brooks and Representative Louise Slaughter square off in their first televised debate at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 19. The encounter comes just as a Siena poll shows Brooks slicing into Slaughter’s significant lead in the Congressional race.

Slaughter led Brooks by about 10 points two weeks ago, but the most recent poll shows Brooks down by only about 5 points. Outside groups continue to pour big money into this race, including a recent $1.4 million ad buy against Slaughter by Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, which is backed by Republican strategist Karl Rove.

Friday’s debate will be broadcast live on WXXI-TV and WXXI AM 1370. — Christine Carrie Fien

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