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PA-10: O’Brien Has Highest Q1 Fundraising Total; Stelson Has Most In Hand

PA-10 Democratic candidates

As the contest for the Democratic nomination in PA-10 heads into the home stretch, it looks increasingly likely that two candidates have separated themselves from the other four.

Former Top Gun pilot Mike O’Brien led all challengers to Rep. Scott Perry (R) with $321,866.96 raised during the first quarter that ran from January 1 through March 31. His campaign said that his total came from over 4,600 supporters during the period.

“I’m grateful to the over 8,400 people that have stepped up to chip into our campaign,” said O’Brien. “Because of you, we just outraised every single candidate in this race and showed that we have the momentum and we have built the strongest campaign to take on Scott Perry and defeat him in November. I’m humbled by all the support we’ve received, and see it as a sacred obligation to keep fighting for South Central Pennsylvania and for our democracy. We’re just getting started.”

Janelle Stelson was not far behind with $293,805.82, but the former news broadcaster leads the pack with $191,905.11 still in the bank, even after releasing her first TV spot. Her campaign noted that 91% of donations were under $100.

Blake Lynch, a former WITF executive, raised just over $32,000 during the last three months, but spent over $50k and is left with just over $3,000 on hand. Businessman John Broadhurst had an even higher burn rate, spending over $20,300 while bringing in just $11,227.

The 2022 Democratic candidate against Perry – Harrisburg city councilwoman Shamaine Daniels – brought in just shy of $22,000 and has a shade under $8k still in the bank, while former Carlisle School Board member Rick Coplen raised over $25,000 and spent just under $29,000. Both have less than $10,000 in hand for the stretch run.

The race to challenge Perry, a former Freedom Caucus chair, has drawn the attention and state and national political watchers. The three-term Republican from York County raised approximately $491,000 but spent nearly $525,000 in the first quarter – a burn rate of 107% that is considered high for a sitting incumbent.

Perry also paid out nearly $62,000 to John Rowley at SECIL Law PLLC in Washington, D.C. for legal counsel.



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