Saturday, October 07, 2006

Arcuri in the 24th District. HELP!!

Ok, folks, there is a neighboring County that needs our netroots help. Michael Arcuri is running for Sherwood Boehlert's very Republican seat in upstate New York and I heard on NPR this AM from Alan Chartock (yes, all of you NY'ers have heard of Alan) that it is the most important race in NY. So, here we go again. Any donation you can spare would be greatly appreciated. I know we are all tapped out at this point, but any donation will help. Go here!

Here's what the pundits are saying:

The race for the open 24th district seat continues to be the hottest in New York.

The Hill:
Jonathan Kaplan. 9/26/06): Parties get bang for the buck in early spending

Six weeks before the mid-term elections, the race to succeed Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.) in New York’s 24th congressional district could be considered the most competitive in the country based on television advertising spending. The House Republican and Democratic campaign committees have spent close to $1 million on independent expenditure advertisements in New York’s 24th district where they can they can get a big bang for their buck because the cost of buying airtime is cheap.... The NRCC has spent approximately $485,000 on airtime and the committee has conducted two polls since late August to help state Sen. Ray Meier (R-N.Y.) defeat Democrat Mike Arcuri, the Oneida County district attorney. The DCCC has spent more than $450,000 on advertising and production costs and $76,000 in direct mail, based on a review of independent expenditures since Aug. 29 from Political Money Line, which tracks campaign contributions, and figures provided by the DCCC.

Syracuse Post-Standard (Mark Weiner, 9/17/06):
CNY race sets national political fire

The big national names are lining up, and the money and people are flowing in, to support the candidates for the open 24th Congressional District seat in Central New York… It's one of the hottest national battlegrounds as Republicans attempt to hold off a Democratic challenge this November for control of Congress. Democrats hold 201 seats in the House, and need 218 for a majority… The 24th District is especially attractive to both parties because it's the only open congressional seat in New York state. It has also been held for the past 24 years by Boehlert, a moderate Republican who gained support from Democrats and independents.

Syracuse Post-Standard (Fred Pierce, 9/6/06):
Race for Boehlert seat draws big money; Its national significance helps Repubilcans, Democrats collect half-million dollars

During the two months before Labor Day kicked off the unofficial fall election season, national Republican and Democratic leaders helped funnel more than half a million dollars into the battle to replace Rep. Sherwood Boehlert in Congress. Republicans - inspired by a visit from Vice President Dick Cheney, and with the help of big businesses and GOP action committees with names like Americans Nationwide Dedicated to Electing Republicans - poured $294,168 into the campaign of state Sen. Ray Meier, federal campaign records show. Meanwhile Democrats - caught up in a drive to take over the House of Representatives and helped by big labor unions and partisan committees like the Democrats Win Seats PAC - shoveled $238,796 into Oneida County District Attorney Mike Arcuri's campaign.

John Machacek, 9/24/06): Battle over Boehlert's seat rages Campaign committees raise stakes in ads

The national political parties are firing their opening salvos in a highly competitive central New York congressional race to replace retiring Republican Sherwood Boehlert. They have already spent more than $500,000 combined on TV ads, direct mail and other strategic help, officials at the Federal Election Commission say. And last week, dueling attack ads aired for the first time in the contest between Republican Ray Meier, a state senator from Oneida County, and Democrat Michael Arcuri, the Oneida County district attorney.

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