Candidate for the seat in Pennsylvania’s 3rd District, Democrat Dan LaVallee, raised almost $100,000 in his first nine weeks of campaigning.
“It’s not just the amount we raised that shows our strength,” LaValle said, “it’s the number of you who are supporting our campaign. Over 300 of you donated to our race, showing that it is you, the people of Northwest Pennsylvania, that are the true strength of this campaign.”
Glancing at his campaign finance report, LaVallee raised a total of $98,647 from contributions, and spent $51,648.75. He reported $46,998.25 cash on hand for the end of the first quarter.
LaVallee had a few big supporters, two in particular, that helped move his campaign along. Labor organization United Association Political Education gave a generous $5,000, coming in at one of the highest contributions. Sheet Metal Workers’ International ASSO gave a total of $2,500. In terms of organization donations, it’s clear that the candidate’s support from laborers and unions played a big part in his fundraising.
LaVallee’s other donors were mostly individuals, including a few family members. Charles LaVallee and Ruth K. LaVallee both gave $2,600 each.
Most of LaVallee’s expenses were typical expenditures for a campaign.
Around $2,540 went toward printing campaign literature, $1,500 went to Jonathon Benman for consulting, and a decent amount went to staff and every-day expenses. LaVallee is listed as having zero dollars owed in debt.
Incumbent Republican Mike Kelly has held the seat in PA-3 since 2011. On their own, LaVallee’s numbers seem impressive enough, but when compared to Kelly’s, they leave a little more to be desired. Kelly’s fourth-quarter campaign finance report lists him as having $478,308.12 cash on hand for the end of 2013.
His first quarter report has yet to be filed, but it will be interesting to see where Kelly lands in money raised compared to LaVallee. Democrat Mel Marin also remains primary battle to see who will face Kelly.