PA-6: Q2: A Deep Dive into Rep. Costello’s Latest FEC Report

Costello-InterviewThere are only a few dozen true toss-up seats in the 435-member strong House of Representatives.

Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District is considered one of those seats.

Congressman Ryan Costello is trying to change that by becoming as difficult to remove as his predecessor Jim Gerlach, who survived two successive Democratic waves (2006 and 2008) before retirement.

A key element of that quest will be money, so we’re taking an in-depth look at Rep. Costello’s latest FEC report. We’ll also glance at Democratic candidate Mike Parrish’s slim report as well.

Top-line Numbers

As previously noted, Congressman Costello brought in $423,579 and currently has $582,764. This quarter his campaign spent $90,882.

For comparison, Parrish (who was only in the race for a week before the June 30th deadline) raised $45,599. He spent $46 and has $45,621 cash on hand. Parrish also has $9,371 in debts.

Contributions

$286,508, a whopping two-thirds of Costello’s total, came from Political Action Committees (PACs). Those groups represent a wide variety of different organizations and interests. Among the more notable included: Home Depot ($5,000); New York Life Insurance ($5,000); Dow Chemical ($5,000); AT&T ($3,000); Pfizer ($2,500); Johnson & Johnson ($2,500); Comcast ($2,000); Verizon ($2,000; McDonald’s ($1,000).

In an encouraging sign, Rep. Costello also received plenty of cash from his colleagues, especially those in leadership. House Speaker John Boehner gave $4,000 while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s PAC contributed $10,000. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise gave $9,000 and $9,500 respectively through their PACs and campaign committees. Finally, he received a $5,000 transfer from the NRCC.

Meanwhile, Parrish didn’t have time to win over any PAC money. Outside of family and friends, his most notable donation came from Comcast VP John Lawson who gave $2,500.

Expenditures

About a third of the cash spent by the Congressman, $33,104, went to The Theodore Company for fundraising. The campaign used another $15,437 for advice from KC Consulting.

On the other hand, Parrish’s expenditures were so small he didn’t have to disclose them.

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