PA-12: #1 in Outside House Spending
Pennsylvania’s most competitive Congressional race is now the country’s leader in outside spending for House races.
According to a report by the Sunlight Foundation, approximately $9.7 million has been poured into the race, with GOP PACs and interest groups contributing the most.
Leading the way in outside spending is the Grover Norquist led group Americans for Tax Reform. With spending opposing Incumbent Congressman Mark Critz ($1.5 million) and supporting GOP hopeful Keith Rothfus, they’ve spent $2.5 million in the race. Combined with the NRCC, which splurged $2.3 million to oppose Critz, the conservative groups have poured in approximately $4.8 million.
On the Democratic side, DCCC has paid a hefty sum in the race, dumping $1.8 million to oppose Rothfus. House Majority PAC ($460k) and the AFSCME/AFL-CIO ($360k) have also ponied up on behalf of Critz to oppose Rothfus.
Heavy GOP spending in PA-12 should come as no surprise. PA-12 has been viewed as a golden goose for the GOP ever since redistricting. However, the district is equally as important for the Democrats if they have any hope of gaining seats in the House nationally.