This GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate has announced his campaign’s first quarter haul.
Jeff Bartos, a Montgomery County real estate developer who was the GOP Lt. Governor nominee in 2018, announced on Monday that his campaign raised nearly $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2021.
“I am truly humbled by the overwhelming support our campaign received across all corners of the Commonwealth,” Bartos said in a release. “What this first report shows is that our campaign will raise the resources necessary to hold whoever the Democrat candidate is in November accountable, and keep this seat in Republican control.”
“Everyday Pennsylvanians are standing up to the career politicians who have left them behind, talked down to them, and pursued policies that crushed them and their families for generations,” Bartos continued. “That’s why I’m running for Senate, and I’m proud of this first step for our campaign, and look forward to continuing our momentum.”
Since we launched this campaign, we’ve seen an overwhelming outpouring of support from across our commonwealth.
I’m so grateful for everyone who has supported our campaign so far, and I can’t wait to build on our momentum.
Thank you. https://t.co/inWAt0IPqc
— Jeff Bartos (@jeff_bartos) April 5, 2021
Bartos formally began his fundraising for the statewide office on March 8, when he announced his entrance into the race.
It is unclear how much the Bartos campaign has spent during the first quarter.
While Bartos is the first GOP Senate hopeful to announce his first quarter fundraising numbers, Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman announced that his Senate campaign raised $3.9 million from early January, when he started exploring a run for the office, to the end of March.
The 2022 GOP race to succeed outgoing Sen. Pat Toomey is expected to be crowded in Pennsylvania.
In addition to Bartos, Sean Gale, an attorney, and Everett Stern, a businessman and HSBC whistleblower, have formally announced their entrance into the Senate race.
A spokesperson for Kathy Barnette, a veteran and conservative commentator who was the GOP nominee for Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District in 2020, told PoliticsPA last week that she is weighing a run for the office.
Other Republicans that are reportedly interested in seeking the GOP nomination according to Politico include, Reps. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny), former Congressman Ryan Costello (R-Chester), former Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite, former gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango, former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain, former U.S. Ambassador Carla Sands, business consultant Craig Snyder, and former congressional candidate Sean Parnell.