Last week, State Rep. Steve Santarsiero announced his team raised $222,000.
PoliticsPA has learned that his opponent, Shaughnessy Naughton, brought in just over $140,000.
One important distinction is that Santarsiero launched his campaign on January 8th while Naughton announced her entry on March 5th. Therefore, Santarsiero’s total is a three-month haul yet Naughton only had one month to raise cash.
Candidates often adjust their announcements to the quarterly fundraising calendar. That’s why, for example, so many presidential candidates are declaring their candidacy this month, since April is the start of the second fundraising quarter.
The Naughton camp received money from 395 donors, with 183 giving $100 or less. They also stated that the candidate did not contribute any of her own money to the campaign (a frequently used tactic to boost numbers early on).