“I am thrilled that we have [exceeded] our goal for our first fundraising quarter. We have tremendous support throughout the Commonwealth and across the nation, and are especially grateful for the growing grassroots support of our campaign,” Bartos said according to PoliticoPro.
Bartos is confident his campaign will have the resources to be competitive throughout the race since it has managed to close the second quarter with over a million dollars on hand, according to PoliticoPro. He raised over $1,072,000 in this second quarter of 2017, exceeding his goals and expectations. Bartos is one of six other candidates vying for Bob Casey’s Senate seat in 2018, but believes his fundraising totals show he has grassroots support and can continue to build that support.
Bartos, a Reading born, contracting company owner has announced his plan to challenge Senator Bob Casey in the 2018 election. In the ten days following his initial announcement, Bartos reportedly raised $700,000. This left him with over $300,000 on hand at the close of the first quarter.
“It shows that Pennsylvanians are ready for change and tired of the failed policies of Bob Casey, who has voted with Elizabeth Warren 93% of the time,” Bartos told PoliticoPRO of the fundraising.
Among his competitors are state Reps. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) and Jim Christiana (R-Beaver), Borough Councilmen Andrew Shektor and fellow businessmen Bobby Lawrence and Paul Addis. Local Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne) is also considering a Senate bid after speaking with President Trump. Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Butler) is rumored to be considering a run as well.