Q3 Fundraising: Winners and Losers

Mike Fitzpatrick 2013

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick

The numbers are in! Here’s how the incumbents and challengers running for Congress fared this quarter.

The Federal Elections Commissions campaign finance reports cover July, August and September. They were due on October 15. A full spreadsheet is below.

Winners

Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks, PA-8). He raised over $462K, putting him at the top of the delegation. He also cracked the $1 million cash on hand threshold. He’s the only incumbent in Pa. on a DC target list (for either party), meaning he’ll be under the microscope every quarter until next November. He delivered this quarter.

Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny, PA-12). Rothfus had his best quarter so far in 2013, bringing in over $381K and bringing his cash on hand to $751K. Not bad for a freshman in a district that flipped last year.

Val Arkoosh (D-Montgomery, PA-13). The only candidate for congress in Allyson Schwartz’s district who’s never held elected office has proven herself the best fundraiser. Dr. Arkoosh brought in $228K this quarter and leads the field with $588K on hand – more than $210K more than her nearest competitor.

Marjorie Margolies (D-Montgomery, PA-13). Last quarter Margolies – the front runner in the race – came in last place in fundraising. She needed a win. She got one in Q3, coming in first place among the four Democrats seeking to replace Schwartz. She raised $237K, about $11K more than her nearest competitor.

Losers

Marjorie Margolies (D-Montgomery, PA-13). She brought in the most of any PA-13 candidate, but she also spent more. Of the $237K she brought in, she spent $205K – a burn rate of 86%. Her cash on hand is $190K, last of the four Dems in the race. The early months of a campaign are supposed to be low cost to save resources for the sprint in the final months. That kind of spending isn’t sustainable.

Kevin Strouse (D-Bucks, PA-8). The summer months tend to be slow for fundraising, but Strouse, the DCCC’s pick for Congress against Fitzpatrick, dropped off big time from his strong showing last quarter. He brought in $151K, down 40% from his $254K showing in Q2.

Art Halvorson (R-Bedford, PA-9). Bill Shuster’s challenger entered the race with a bang. A $100K self loan last quarter on top of $30K raised made for a big splash. But this quarter he brought in just $13K, raising big questions about his ability to compete in an uphill race.

John Hugya (D-Cambria, PA-12). John Murtha’s former Chief of Staff reported bringing in $225 in Q3. Not $225,000, but $225. It’s a quixotic report because candidates aren’t actually required to file a report until they’ve raised or spent at least $5,000. Plus Hugya officially kicked off his campaign after the end of the quarter.

Here are all the numbers:

October 17th, 2013 | Posted in Congress, Features, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 2 Comments

2 thoughts on “Q3 Fundraising: Winners and Losers”

  1. Well, glad the women in PA 13 are doing well. Speaking of women, I just launched http://liberalsagainstleach.WordPress com, first article is about Daylin’s contempt towards women.

    “Politics Is Serious Business, We Need A Congressperson, Not A Clown”
    -Liberals Against Leach

  2. kelly w says:

    What about Schwartz and McCord? Weren’t they pretending to have filing deadlines at the end of September too?

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