Rohrer Raises $156K in Q1
Sam Rohrer’s finance report finally posted to the FEC, and it’s about what his campaign had realistically hoped for. The former state Rep. and 2010 gubernatorial candidate brought in $156,169 and had $84K on hand as of March 31.
It’s an OK quarter, but it won’t allow him to answer the ads and mailers that have targeted him recently on his vote for the pay raise.
As a quick refresher, Sen. Bob Casey raised $1.46 in Q1 and had $5.2 million on hand. Former coal company owner Tom Smith raised $443K and had about $2 million on hand (after spending nearly $3 million). Entrepreneur Steve Welch raised about $152K and had about $389 on hand (after spending $772K).
That means that Rohrer’s Q1 fundraising was slightly higher than that of Welch, despite the latter’s institutional advantage of endorsements from Gov. Tom Corbett and the Pa. GOP. However, Welch has regained second place since April 4. He’s reported $22.5K via 48-hour fundraising reports. Rohrer’s brought in another $10K. Smith has just $1K more.
The reporting period ran from January 1 to April 4, 2012.
Harrisburg area attorney and former U.S. Senate aide Marc Scaringi stayed on pace, bringing in $10,837 on Q1 and his fundraising total to $80,600. He had $946 on hand at the end of the quarter, but owed nearly $50,000 in campaign debts.
David Christian, a decorated war veteran and businessman from Bucks County, finished fifth in fundraising of the GOP field. He brought in just $5,165 in Q1, bringing his total to just over $65K on the cycle. He had $6,500 on hand, but his campaign owes about $10K in debts.
Joe Vodvarka is a retired custom spring manufacturer from Allegheny County challenging Sen. Bob Casey in the Democratic primary. He raised $50 in Q1, bringing his cash on hand to $200.
Casey lives in Lackawanna County; Smith in Armstrong County; and Welch in Chester County.