|By Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News, N.Y.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
And while Rep.
The two local congressional races, one in a heavily Democratic urban district and the other in the
Perhaps most notably, the campaign finance reports show that Weppner -- who for years won a loyal audience on WBEN as the conservative "Kathy from
Weppner has raised
Add it all up, and Weppner had
Asked about her fundraising totals, Weppner downplayed the importance of money in the race.
"After interacting with thousands and thousands of Western New Yorkers, your assumption that this election will simply be won with money is questionable based on my conversations with most voters," she said. "Voters tell me that
Weppner also appeared to be offended that anyone was asking about her campaign finances.
"I find it very strange that with the humanitarian crisis at our border, our Marine sitting in a jail in
"It's not terrible if you compare it to some other people who have run for this seat," Langworthy said. "It's an uphill slog. This race is not on any target lists, so that eliminates PAC (political action committee) donations."
O'Donnell's uphill slog
It's an uphill slog, too, for O'Donnell, who is challenging incumbent Collins, the
There's a reason for that paltry figure.
"I'm a police officer, so it's a misdemeanor for me to ask for money," O'Donnell said, referring to state law that prohibits police officers from asking for contributions.
Of course, asking for money ranks somewhere between breathing and eating as a time-consuming pastime for modern politicians, so O'Donnell's inability to do so puts him at a grave disadvantage to Collins.