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Outside money plays big role in NY-21 campaign

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The latest report from the independent campaign watchdog group Open Secrets shows that Republican Matt Doheny has drawn huge support from outside groups hoping to influence the 21st District Congressional race.

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Groups attacking Democratic incumbent Bill Owens have spent more than $2.6 million on TV ads, robocalls and mailers.

Big spenders include Americans for Tax Reform, a group that doesn't disclose its donors — also the US Chamber of Commerce, and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Doheny himself has also contributed
$750,000 of his own money to boost his campaign.

Bill Owens, meanwhile, has drawn far less support from third-party groups outside the North Country. 

His biggest ally has been the National Democratic Congressional Committee, which chipped in roughly $1
.1 million—including nearly $400,000 poured into the race in the last week alone.

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