Matt Doheny

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Matt Doheny
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New York, District 21
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAlleghany College
J.D.Cornell University Law School
ProfessionInvestment fund manager
Campaign website
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Matt Doheny was a 2014 Independence Party candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 21st Congressional District of New York.[1] Doheny ran in the Republican primary, but lost the nomination to Elise Stefanik. Although he will still be on the general election ballot on November 4, Doheny stated on July 25, 2014, that he would not be actively campaigning, instead throwing his support behind Stefanik.[2]

Doheny was previously a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 21st Congressional District of New York. He was defeated by Bill Owens on November 6, 2012.[3]


Doheny is an investment fund manager.[4] He serves on the Board of Directors for Yellow Trucking and Kodak, and his community involvement includes being a member of the Flower Memorial Library Board of Directors and the Italian-American Civic Association.[5]


Doheny attended the following academic institutions:[5]

  • Alleghany College
  • Cornell University Law School


Doheny has served in the following positions:[5]

  • Entrepreneur and founder of North Country Capital LLC
  • Instructor of finance and business courses at Clarkson University and Jefferson Community College
  • Member of the Jefferson County Republican Committee


Conservative Party filing

In addition to the Republican and Independence parties, Doheny also tried to file with the Conservative Party. However, the New York Board of Elections declared his petition to be invalid. The investigation arose after Doheny's opponent in the Republican primary, Elise Stefanik, accused him of producing fraudulent signatures. Doheny retaliated by accusing Stefanik of the same offense, and the New York Board of Elections declared both Stefanik's Independence petition and Doheny's Conservative petition invalid.[6]



See also: New York's 21st Congressional District elections, 2014

Doheny ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 21st District.[1] Doheny lost the Republican nomination to Elise Stefanik, but he also ran unopposed for the Independence Party nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014, so he will still be on the ballot for the general election. However, Doheny will not be actively campaigning as he does not want to divide the Republican vote with Stefanik.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New York District 21 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngElise Stefanik 60.8% 16,489
Matt Doheny 39.2% 10,620
Total Votes 27,109
Source: New York State Board of Elections - Official Election Results


  • Doheny discussed his campaign for Congress in his first 2014 campaign ad.[7]
  • American Crossroads, a conservative super PAC, released an attack ad against Doheny in early June of 2014. The ad criticized Doheny for losing three previous elections, being sued over not paying rent, being charged for boating while intoxicated and reportedly breaking labor laws.[8]

Doheny's first 2014 campaign ad

American Crossroads ad attacking Doheny


See also: New York's 21st Congressional District elections, 2012

Doheny ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 21st District. He sought the nomination on the Republican ticket[9] and defeated recent seminary graduate Kellie Greene in the June 26 Republican primary.[10][4] The winner took on Democratic incumbent Bill Owens in the general election. He was defeated by Bill Owens on November 6, 2012.[11]

In 2010, Doheny was just under 2,000 votes short of beating Owens.[12]

Greene, an international business consultant,[13] said local Republican organizations had been dismissive of her campaign. The primary, she said, should not "be the will of the party. It’s supposed to be the will of the people." Several county Republican chairman responded. One said that Greene had not shown a strong enough campaign, and another said she did not send the campaign literature he had offered to distribute for her.[14]

On the issues, Doheny and Greene had their disagreements. Greene favored a flat tax, and while Doheny said that such a tax would be best in theory, he believed that a "flatter, simpler, fairer tax system" with no loopholes would be better in practice.[13] Regarding immigration, Doheny supported expanding H2A guest-worker visa programs, while Greene said "We don't have jobs for our own people."

Due to scheduling difficulties, the two candidates were unable to meet for a debate. Greene blamed the latest difficulty on Doheny's camp.[15]

U.S. House, New York District 21 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Owens Incumbent 47.1% 126,631
     Republican Matthew Doheny 45.3% 121,646
     Green Donald Hassig 1.6% 4,174
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 6.1% 16,290
Total Votes 268,741
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"
U.S. House, New York District 21 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Doheny 71.6% 8,577
Kellie Greene 28.4% 3,396
Total Votes 11,973

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Doheny's reports.[16]

Matt Doheny (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2014$0.00$542,167.00$(25,722.19)$516,444.81
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Doheny's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Doheny lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Doheny's campaign committee raised a total of $1,964,690 and spent $1,970,512.[18]


Doheny lives in Watertown, New York, with his wife, Mary, and son, Declan.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Capitol Confidential, "Matt Doheny to launch third bid for NY-21," accessed March 11, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Syracuse Media Group, "Matt Doheny endorses rival Elise Stefanik for Congress in NY-21," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. York ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Watertown Daily Times, "Greene, Doheny diverge on H2A visa program," June 19, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Matt Doheny for Congress, "Meet Matt," accessed May 26, 2014
  6. Watertown Daily Times, "Stefanik challenges Republican opponent Doheny’s ballot petitions," accessed May 19, 2014
  7. YouTube, "Opportunity," accessed June 4, 2014
  8. National Journal, "American Crossroads Goes Negative Against Republican Candidate," accessed June 4, 2014
  9. Post Star, "GOP sues to remove Owens from third-party ballot line," May 1, 2012
  10. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  11. York ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  12. Central New York YNN "Doheny hopes for second shot at Republican primary," June 8, 2012
  13. 13.0 13.1 Post Star, "Doheny details priorities and tax platform in Glens Falls visit," June 14, 2012
  14. Post Star, "Green says most GOP hierarchy has shunned her," June 6, 2012
  15. Watertown Daily Times, "GOP primary debate is off," June 21, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Matt Doheny Summary Report," accessed April 28, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Matt Doheny April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  18. Open Secrets, "Matt Doheny 2012 Election Cycle," accessed May 20, 2013