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Tonko campaign flush with funds

Heading into April, U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, had about $400,000 more to spend on his campaign than Republican challenger Bob Dieterich.

The two candidates are likely to square off this fall in the newly created 20th Congressional District, which includes parts of Saratoga, Albany, Montgomery, Schenectady and Renssalaer Counties.

Tonko's campaign has about $440,000 in its coffers, after raising about $117,000 and spending about $52,000 from January to March. The end total is the most the campaign has ever reported.

As for Dieterich, he raised $40,000 in the same period and spent about $6,000, with $34,000 to spend heading into April. Dieterich spokesman Scott Hommel said the numbers were encouraging considering they had been raising money for about a month.

"Obviously [Tonko] has an advantage in fundraising," he said, noting the challenge of running against an incumbent.

Going forward, though, Hommel anticipated the Dieterich campaign would raise plenty of money and be competitive in the race.

Tonko's complete filing:
Tonko Q1 2012

Dieterich's complete filing:
Dieterich Q1 2012

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