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1st C.D.: Super PAC money keeps coming for Altschuler

Randy Altschuler, Republican candidate for the House, gives

Randy Altschuler, Republican candidate for the House, gives a thumbs up after casting his ballot at St. James Elementary School in St. James. (Nov. 2, 2010) (Credit: James Carbone)

Another day, another influx of outside money in support of GOP Congressional candidate Randy Altschuler.

Prosperity First Inc., a relatively new Super PAC, disclosed a $21,046 expenditure Wednesday for direct mail on Altschuler’s behalf. The group – which received $500,000 earlier this year from wealthy local financier Robert Mercer – has now spent $315,339 on the race this month alone.

Altschuler is again attempting to unseat five-term incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton). In 2010, he was defeated by fewer than 600 votes.

It was the nation’s last-decided House race.

This year, many analysts expect another tight election. A recent Siena College poll, however, showed Bishop leading by 13 points.

Bishop’s camp has said they expect to be outspent by the St. James businessman and his allies. While Bishop has yet to receive Super PAC money, the two candidates’ own committees had been spending and raising money at near equal amounts through June.

But outside money is starting to tilt the financial scales in Altschuler’s favor. In addition to Prosperity First’s $315,339 infusion, Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS group spent $260,000 on Bishop attack ads this week.

Bishop and Altschuler will face-off in their first debate of the season on Sunday in Riverhead.

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