2011 Congressional Fundraising Winners and Losers

By Danielle Ardner, Contributing Writer

The Q4 numbers are in. Who’s on track and who needs to catch up? We break down the 2011 fundraising of every incumbent member of Congress and challenger in Pa.

Winners:

Pat Meehan. A million dollars on hand and no serious challenger in sight. Not too shabby.

Allyson Schwartz. The ultimate team player for the DCCC, Schwartz continues to bring in the bucks.

Manan Trivedi. The challenger has big ground to cover against Jim Gerlach, but he has done very well thus far – thanks in large part on his cultivation of Indian American donors.

Tim Murphy. He’s never had a tough primary or general. If he maintains his million dollar edge, that trend will continue.

Losers:

Mark Critz. The incumbent has lots of new constituents to introduce himself too, but he’s off to a slow start in the cash department – he trails Jason Altmire by over $350K.

Tim Holden. All of a sudden he has a serious primary race. His campaign says its on track to win in April, but you better believe that fundraising is a top priority.

Evan Feinberg. He’s been getting tons of earned media, but he’s facing a yawning gap when it comes to fundraising. An uphill climb is a given when primarying an incumbent, but he’s at a million dollar disadvantage.

Mike Kelly. No freshman Republican, who rode the GOP tide of 2010, should end a quarter barely breaking even. Kelly barely avoided a net loss in Q4. He can expect a call from the NRCC.

Here’s the full list. Incumbents are ranked by total raised in 4th quarter. Challengers paired with incumbents. Note: challengers who declared since the new year did not file fundraising reports.

Allyson Schwartz (D-13, Montgomery) leads the way. In 2011, she raised $1,500,201.92. Schwartz’s cash on hand is $2,309,896.07. She raised a total of $385,124.99 in the 4th quarter.

Pat Meehan (R-7, Delaware) follows closely behind Schwartz with his total 2011 funds raised at $1,297,825.65. Meehan’s cash on hand comes out to $969,413.17. He managed to raise a total of $312,725.00 in the 4th quarter.

Jason Altmire (D-4/12, Allegheny) raised $1,138,136.83 in 2011. Altmire’s cash on hand is $852,292.22. From October through the end of December, Altmire raised $180,745.00.

Challenger: Keith Rothfus, R-Allegheny is the sole Republican in the race to face the winner of the Altmire-Critz primary. He raised $240,385.00 in 2011. $56,005.00 was raised in the 4th quarter. Rothfus holds $196,086.20 on hand.

Mike Fitzpatrick (R-8, Bucks) raised $1,099,692.91 in 2011. $248,040.00 of the total was raised in the 4th quarter. Fitzpatrick’s cash on hand is $678,482.94.

Jim Gerlach (R-6, Chester) raised a total of $1,057,184.57 in 2011. In the 4th quarter alone, Gerlach raised $278,182.00. His total cash on hand is $600,602.22.

Challenger: Gerlach’s Democratic opponent Manan Trivedi, D-Berks raised $214,984.20 in 2011. In the 4th quarter, $112,435.30 was raised. Trivedi has $212,731.64 currently in cash on hand.

Tim Murphy (R-18, Allegheny) brought in $940,587.90 in total fundraising in 2011. Murphy raised $263,525.00 in the 4th quarter. He has $1,044,683.82 at his fingertips.

Challenger: Murphy’s primary opponent Evan Feinberg, has raised $50,005.12 in 2011 (The same amount for the 4th quarter). Feinberg currently has $40,049.28 cash on hand.

Mark Critz (D-12, Cambria) raised $869,088.25 in 2011. $130,635.41 was raised in the 4th quarter. Critz has $465,496.14 at hand.

Charlie Dent (R-15, Lehigh) raised $705,666.04 in 2011. His 4th quarter funds totaled out to $186,290.00. Dent has $353,707.94 cash on hand.

Challenger: Dent’s Democratic opponent Jackson Eaton raised $94,569.84 in 2011 (the same amount for the 4th quarter). Eaton has $90,628.39 cash on hand.

Joe Pitts (R-16, Chester) raised $649,718.70 in 2011. $168,299.90 was raised in the 4th quarter. Pitts has $407,094.82 on hand.

Lou Barletta (R-11, Luzerne) raised $633,780.76 in 2011. In the 4th quarter, Barletta brought in $146,378.98. He has $269,498.39 cash on hand.

Challenger: Barletta’s prospective Democratic opponent Bill Vinsko, D-Luzerne raised $105,546.91 in 2011. $20,574.75 was raised in the 4th quarter. He has $52,786.21 on hand.

Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-5, Centre) raised a total of $622,063.61 in 2011. $118,970.77 was raised in the 4th quarter. Thompson has $160,266.64 on hand.

Bill Shuster (R-9, Blair) raised $617,270.27 in 2011. In the 4th quarter, $229,069.56 was raised. Shuster has $367,189.10 cash on hand.

Mike Kelly (R-3, Butler) raised $497,725.36 in 2011. $103,231.84 was raised in the 4th quarter. Kelly’s cash on hand is $226,619.96.

Tim Holden (D-17, Schuylkill) raised $480,190.73 in 2011. $99,885.68 was raised from October to the end of December. Holden holds $337,274.14 cash on hand.

Tom Marino (R-10, Lycoming) raised $377,758.57 in 2011. In the 4th quarter, Marino raised $68,717.76. Marino’s total cash on hand is $194,781.74.

Mike Doyle (D-14, Allegheny) raised $369,159.00 in 2011. $114,039.00 was raised in the 4th quarter. Doyle currently has $271,380.29 cash on hand.

Bob Brady (D-1, Philadelphia) raised $276,525.00 in 2011. Brady raised $102,300.00 in the 4th quarter. His cash on hand is $758,355.26.

Challenger: Brady’s Democratic opponent Jimmie Moore raised $64,657.06 in 2011. In the 4th quarter, Moore was able to raise $27,937.06. Moore has a mere $3,977.89 cash on hand.

Finally, Chaka Fattah (D-2, Philadelphia), raised $261,345.84 in 2011. $69,775.00 was raised in the 4th quarter. Fattah’s total cash on hand is $120,714.57.

Keegan Gibson contributed to this report.

February 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Congress, Features, Front Page Stories, Redistricting Watch, Top Stories | 6 Comments

6 thoughts on “2011 Congressional Fundraising Winners and Losers”

  1. Scrooge Buzzard says:

    A good fundraiser is someone who can anonymously launder – I mean – donate – tens of thousands of dollars to a front group that manufactures a crisis to gin up the conservatives but is really schilling for corporate America. Just ask Bob Buzzardi what phony group for purity he supports this election.

  2. Matt says:

    What makes a good fund raiser? Where does all that money come from? How much of it comes from lobbyists during those weeknight events in DC? Does being at the top of that list mean you are for sale?

    Not being snarky, honestly curious.

  3. Sylvia Ardner says:

    Nice job on reporting Danielle.

  4. David Diano says:

    Excellent job of reporting.

  5. Mac says:

    Always thought Altmire was a GOPer, guess I’m not the only one. oops

  6. Bob Guzzardi, Ardmore Penna. says:

    Excellent work, Keegan. Well organized and presented with data and no spin. Journalists doing journalism is a good thing and makes PoliticsPa useful reading.

    thanks

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