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Money Monday: A Look at PA-10

Harrisburg city skyline at night

The Federal Election Commission has compiled and posted campaign finance reports from candidates around the country and the Keystone State.

In this article, we take a look at the 10th Congressional District in Pennsylvania – a seat currently held by Republican Scott Perry.

Perry brought in $344,067.72 during Q3 that ran from July through September, but spent nearly as much ($342,173.45). More than 20 percent of the expenditures went to legal fees, including $75,000 to JP Rowley Law, who represented former President Donald Trump in the classified documents case before bowing out. He also has represented many TrumpWorld figures such as Peter NavarroStephen Miller and Cleta Miller.

In all, Perry and his committee – Patriots For Perry – have debts and obligations of over $145,000 – including an outstanding bill for $105,899.24 from Rowley – and have $541,089.76 on hand entering the final quarter.

The third-term Congressman received $204,846.35 from the House Freedom Fund and  $41,303,08 from the Club For Growth, comprising over 70 percent of the funds raised during the period.

Individually, Californians James and Beth Wintersteen, Virginian David Kellogg, Floridian Peter Lamelas and Texan Charles Saulsbury Jr. each contributed $6,600.

Six-hundred eighty-four of the 889 gifts were designated by retirees.

Political newcomer Mike O’Brien, a former TOPGUN instructor, brought in a haul of $154,322.73 on 276 gifts in Q3. Columbia University associate Susan Cafetz topped the donor list at $6,600, while 12 others gave $3,300.

Harrisburg City Councilwoman Shamaine Daniels, who ran an unsuccessful campaign against Perry in 2022, raised $26,848.17 and has $15,541.80 in the bank account. She has received nearly $26,000 from ActBlue, as well as $1,100 from Rosemary Barrett and $1,000 apiece from Stephen Cozen, chair of Cozen O’Connor, real estate professional Ken Weinstein and Pariveda Solutions consultant Amy Yozviak.

Carlisle school board member Rick Coplen, who was defeated by Daniels in the 2022 Democratic primary, brought in $14,658.12 in the three-month period ending September 30, but spent nearly twice that to end with just $5,309.23 on hand. Timothy Potts ($1,800), psychologist Thomas Fink and UPS driver Jonathan Keeler made the largest individual donations ($1,400). ActBlue chipped in $8,830 as well.

Another political first-timer Janelle Stelson, a former TV journalist at WGAL-TV, and newcomer Robert Forbes were not required to file FEC reports for Q3. Stelson did announce that she raised over $100,000 in the first 48 hours after her official announcement.

The 10th Congressional District comprises all of Dauphin County and portions of Cumberland and York. It also contains the cities of Harrisburg and York.


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