No Spending Cap in PA-8
Gary Weckselblatt of The Intelligencer has the story:
Two and a half years ago, when he decided to make a run against Congressman Patrick Murphy for the 8th District job that was once his, Mike Fitzpatrick had a challenge for the incumbent: Limit spending on the 2010 campaign to $1 million apiece.
“The cost of running a campaign is out of control,” Fitzpatrick said back then. “Candidates spend much too much time fundraising and not enough time with the people and addressing their issues.
“And given the economy, and with so many good Bucks Countians out of work, it’s absolutely the right thing to do. As leaders, it’s the responsible thing to do.”
There will be no such limit this time. He faces Democratic attorney Kathy Boockvar and is Dems’ top target in Pennsylvania.
He said a $3.7 million ad buy this fall by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the Philadelphia media market prevents him from making the pledge of a $1 million spending limit.
The DCCC announced its reservation of ad time back in April.
The Boockvar campaign has not called for spending limits; PoliticsPA is seeking comment on this story.