PA-7: Meehan Sitting on More than $2M, Golderer Has Strong First Showing
Bill Golderer’s first six weeks as a candidate for Congress have been quite a success, as the pastor brought in over $255K, just $60K less than incumbent GOP Rep. Pat Meehan raised over the last three months of 2015.
Golderer is in a primary race against 2014 Democratic nominee Mary Ellen Balchunis, whose campaign stuttered in the fourth quarter, bringing in just $11,108.
Meehan’s campaign for a fourth term in Washington, D.C. is now sitting on a $2.2 million stockpile, while he outspent Golderer almost 9 to 1 – $196,420 to $22,364 to be exact.
Balchunis’s campaign spent $7,384.90 during the fourth quarter, leaving the LaSalle University professor with just over $10K to bring into 2016.
Golderer’s thrifty spending in his first weeks has left him with a healthy $234,418 in cash on hand to spend before the April 26th primary.
Golderer picked up 76 donations of at least $1,000, with 19 donating the federal maximum – $5,400. The Philadelphia pastor raised $78,750 from just 10 families in Southeastern PA.
Golderer is running as a bit of an underdog in our latest PoliticsPA Readers’ Poll, but Balchunis is struggling for contributions, picking up just three over $1,000. In fact, Balchunis was her own biggest contributor over the fourth quarter, kicking in $2,496.
On the right, Meehan pulled in 74 contributions over $1,000, with 11 donating the maximum $5,400.
Two-thirds of Meehan’s largest donations came from PA residents, though his biggest contributors were from New York and North Carolina: ClearPath Foundation founder Jay Faison and his wife, Olga ($10,800) and multi-billionaire Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman and his wife, Christine ($10,800).
The three-term Congressman pulled in more than $300K from PACs and businesses and found especially strong support from the insurance industry – three of his top five donors: 1. Association for Advanced Life Underwriting ($9,500); 2. National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors ($8,500); and 5. New York Life Insurance ($7,500).
Meehan blew his competition out of the water in terms of campaign spending. He spent almost $200K, with $29,452 going to Red Maverick Media for consulting, $28,484 to The Theodore Company and $10,500 to Merves Amon & Barsz LLC for FEC compliance.
The Congressman’s campaign also dished out $24,725 to various GOP committees and candidates between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31.
Golderer spent just $22K, including $6,328 in payroll and $2,250 for access to NGP Van’s databases. His Democratic opponent also purchased access to NGP Van’s databases ($1,750) and spent only $2,375 on payroll. Balchunis’ campaign also contributed $2,005 to local Democratic committees, candidates and PACs.