Latest Fundraising Reports: 2013 Elections

cashAs a follow up to our 13 Most Interesting Races of 2013 feature, PoliticsPA rounded up the available campaign finance reports for those races and a few more interesting contests on the ballot next week.

Editor’s note: due to some counties’ decision to keep records using 1900s methods and not online, we weren’t able to include reports from every race we profiled last week. (We’re looking at you, Centre County!)

PA Superior Court

In the event that you were able to avoid all of our coverage of the Pa Superior Court race yesterday, here’s a breakdown of what the two candidates have in the bank.

Jack McVay (D)
Amount Raised: $48,575.00
Amount Spent: $15,066.00
Cash on Hand: $40,811.08

Vic Stabile (R)
Amount Raised: $81,975
Amount Spent: $68,388.68
Cash on Hand: $158,847.28

Lehigh County Executive

The Lehigh Valley has a reputation for being moderate, and leaning blue in presidential years, but a win by Ott (who leads in fundraising) could signal a right turn for the region.

Tom Muller (D)
Amount Raised: $76,895.00
Amount Spent: $68,881.68
Cash on Hand: $20,166.17

Scott Ott (R)
Amount Raised: $90,677.20
Amount Spent: $84,144.61
Cash on Hand: $17,025.20

Northampton County Executive

The Lehigh Valley is a two county region, encompassing Lehigh and Northampton counties. While Lehigh County is leaning Republican, at least in terms of fundraising, Northampton County candidate Democratic Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan has outraised his opponent, Republican Bangor Mayor John Brown by 10 to 1. He’s brought in an unprecedented half of a million dollars for this race.

John Callahan (D)
Amount Raised: $161,983.06
Amount Spent: $133,443.82
Cash on Hand: $118,540.00

John Brown (R)
Amount Raised: $11,060.00
Amount Spent: $13,668.40
Cash on Hand: $6,817.60

Delaware County Council

The Delco GOP is known as one of the strongest county parties in the state, but Democrats were hoping to erode their power in this election by linking the Republican county council members to the unpopular Governor Corbett. If fundraising is any indication, the Democrats have not been successful.

Dem slate, including Patricia Worrell & Bill Clinton (D)
Amount Raised: $92,075
Amount Spent: $88,670.12
Cash on Hand: $16,912.24

GOP slate, including Mario Civera & Dave White (R)
Amount Raised: $278,460.59
Amount Spent: $222,048.02
Cash on Hand: $139,573.11

Harrisburg Mayor

After Mayor Linda Thompson lost in the primary, the executive seat in the financially distressed capital of the Commonwealth became an open race. Eric Papenfuse defeated Thompson and Dan Miller (among others) in the Democratic primary, but Miller launched a write-in campaign to be the Republican nominee. He could also be the first openly gay mayor of a major PA city if he can overcome his weak fundraising.

Eric Papenfuse (D)
Amount Raised: $89,757.00
Amount Spent: $66,266.82
Cash on Hand: $29,524.00

Dan Miller (R, technically)
Amount Raised: $9,913.28
Amount Spent: $2,448.41
Cash on Hand: $21,241.84

Pittsburgh Mayor

The biggest battle for Bill Peduto was the primary and after winning the Democratic nod, he hasn’t had to do much campaigning. Republican candidate Josh Wander has been abroad, and not campaigning and Peduto’s other challenger is a long shot write in. Peduto seems to be the only candidate with money, but Wander’s finance report has not yet surfaced.

Bill Peduto (D)
Amount Raised: $657,483.65
Amount Spent: $350,259.34
Cash on Hand: $329,122.23

Josh Wander (R)
report not found online

Les Ludwig (I)
Amount Raised: $0
Amount Spent: $3,755.75
Cash on Hand: -$3,755.75

Philadelphia DA

This should have been an easy race for Seth Williams. He’s a Democrat in Philadelphia. However, his personal life may have hurt his perception with voters, but it doesn’t look like it has had much effect on his fundraising.

Seth Williams (D)
Amount Raised: $98,530
Amount Spent: $56,856.09
Cash on Hand: $69,227.42

Danny Alvarez (R)
Amount Raised: $3,050.00
Amount Spent: $1,007.62
Cash on Hand: $4,271.21

Philadelphia Controller

Though the election for Philly Controller won’t be decided until next week, one candidate seems to be in control of the fundraising. Butkovitz is likely to run for mayor in 2015.

Alan Butkovitz (D)
Amount Raised: $60,200.00
Amount Spent: $46,399.05
Cash on Hand: $31,407.00

Terry Tracy (R)
Amount Raised: $16,145.13
Amount Spent: $16,720.19
Cash on Hand: $1,221.57

Allentown Mayor

Ed Pawlowski won both the Democratic and Republican nomination in his pursuit of another term as Allentown mayor, but when he declared his candidacy for governor, a former Allentown council vice president hopped into the mayoral race as a write-in candidate. Pawlowski will almost definitely win, and he immensely outraised his opponent.

Ed Pawlowski (D)
Amount Raised: $112,135.00
Amount Spent: $142,578
Cash on Hand: $81,427.00

William Donovan (I)
Amount Raised: $13,140.00
Amount Spent: $10,775.00
Cash on Hand: $2,764.00

Pittsburgh City Council

There are three seats on Pittsburgh City Council up for grabs, and fundraising favors the Democrats in each.

District 4
Natalia Rudiak (D)
Amount Raised: $25,606.26
Amount Spent: $21,738.30
Cash on Hand: $30,693.56

Samuel Hurst (R)
report not available online

District 7
Deb Gross (D)
Amount Raised: $68,079.16
Amount Spent: $32,543.62
Cash on Hand: $35,535.54

Tony Ceoffe (I)
Amount Raised: $15,768
Amount Spent: $11,018.91
Cash on Hand: $4,749.58

Tom Fallon (I)
Amount Raised: $0
Amount Spent: $3,675.97
Cash on Hand: -$3,675.97

District 8
Dan Gilman (D)
Amount Raised: $51,419.57
Amount Spent: $22,160.51
Cash on Hand: $114,710.43

Mordecai Treblow (R)
report not available online
Cash on Hand: $315.00

October 29th, 2013 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 3 Comments

3 thoughts on “Latest Fundraising Reports: 2013 Elections”

  1. David Diano says:

    Well, in Delco, Landau got elected Chairman based on a total lie: that if elected could raise $250,000 per year for the party.

    It was total BS, but it put him over the top by 7 votes.

    In fairness to the Delco Dem candidates, it’s not their fault (unless they voted for Landau for chairman).

    The Delco GOP can generate more cash, because the 5-0 council controls the awarding of contracts, and donors clearly want/expect to gain favor. As for any actual quid-pro-quo, I’ll just say that’s a question better left to a state investigation with wiretaps, forensic accounting, and no advanced notice to the Delco DA’s office.

  2. Reality Bites says:

    Someone in Delco is smoking crack laced with crack. Look I am sure there are some good people in Delco working really hard but how am I suppose to take a county seriously if:
    A) think that a slight registration edge is enough to win countywide
    B) their main voter outreach is Facebook and Google ads
    C) are getting beat some bad in fundraising that if this was a boxing match someone would be going to jail

    I am not calling for anyone to lose their job because I have to believe that everyone is working hard but someone needs to airlift a metric crap ton of reality into that county in the next few days. I’m worried about the sanity of the good people of Delco if they get creamed like we all expect.

  3. delco observer says:

    YOU mean the people in Delco are not jumping up and down excited over the digital ads clogging up their computer that the DELCO DEMS are responsible for? If fundraising is any indication, DELCO DEMS will win nothing…again. Leadership appears to have FAILED to capitalize on their status as the “majority party.”
    While it appears that lots was spent on digital advertising and computer websites, this is a local election…bashing Tom Corbett on the computer is not a substitute for door knocking, direct mail, yard signs, lit drops.
    Party Leadership has not fixed the age-old problem in DELCO-turning out your vote. Also, as a DELCO resident, I see no coherent, coordinated strategy to turn things around and provide an alternative to the cronyism and lax oversight spawned by almost forty years of total Republican control at DELCO Government Center.

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