PA-13: Margolies Raises, Spends the Most in Q4
Of the four candidates running for the Democratic nomination in the SEPA seat vacated by Rep. Allyson Schwartz, Arkoosh is in the best state, with $643K on hand. She’s followed by State Senator Daylin Leach with $481k, State Rep. Brendan Boyle with $381K and finally former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies with $173,866.
Despite raising more than her competition in the fourth quarter of last year, $211K, Margolies spent more than she raised for a difference of -$14,000. This is the second quarter in a row where Margolies had an unparalleled burn rate. In the 3rd quarter, of the $237K she brought in, she spent $205K – a burn rate of 86%.
Most of her spending was for general, fundraising and compliance consultants, a $26,000 poll and another $10,000 for research and polling.
Even more interestingly, at least some of her consultants donated substantial amounts of money in the very end of the quarter.
Linda August, a fundraising consultant who was paid $14,000 for four weeks of work contributed $1,500 back into the campaign on December 30. Ken Smukler, one of Margolies’ main consultants contributed $5,000 on December 31. Other donors with the surname Smukler contributed on the same day, and when combined with Ken’s totaled more than $16,000. Ken managed Margolies’ campaigns in 1992 and 1994
Arkoosh had the second largest haul, bringing in $203K.
This was a bit less than the $228K Arkoosh brought in during the previous quarter but her campaign still has over $643,000 cash on hand, making her the best funded candidate at this time.
Leach placed 3rd in the cash raised totals with $170K, but he is the second best positioned to finish out the primary. He still has $481,197 on hand after spending $65,994 in the last quarter of the year.
According to his campaign he has contributors from every state – although though many fall below the threshold for reporting. Since the race began, he’s contributed $22,700 to his own campaign.
Boyle reported $142K raised in the fourth quarter, spent $68,994 spent and has $381,102 on hand.
The State Rep. made approximately $24,000 in-kind donations, about 17% of what he raised.