The quarter ended on June 30, but reports aren’t due until July 15.
“Since this new campaign staff has come on board, we have obtained over $90,000 in fundraising commitments. We ended this quarter with $84,403 raised, which is just phenomenal for how small our staff is. We may not be able to raise the kind of money Mike Kelly can, but is shows that people are willing to invest in the change of leadership in Washington that this district wants and needs,” said Eaton.
Eaton is a professor of psychology at Penn State’s Shenango campus. She raised about $46,000 last quarter.
Her campaign didn’t announce its cash on hand; she had only about $16,000 at the end of the first quarter. Kelly’s campaign has not yet announced its numbers; he reported about $310,000 on hand at the end of the first quarter.
Eaton has an uphill challenge, but Kelly proved that it isn’t insurmountable. Incumbent Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper raised $280,000 in the 2nd quarter of 2010, bringing her total to $1.01 million on hand. Mike Kelly, by contrast, raised just $49,600 in the same period and finished with just $104,000 on hand. He went on to raise over $1.2 million total during the cycle, compared to Dahlkemper who raised over $2 million.
That said, Kelly is counted among the wealthiest members of Congress and could easily finance his own campaign. Plus the district, which stretches from Erie to Butler County, is 2 points more favorable to Republicans this cycle thanks to redistricting.