PA-8: Q2: Fitzpatrick vs Santarsiero Breakdown

Fitzpatrick SantarsieroThe first FEC deadline of the general election has passed.

The competition in the open PA-8 seat should be the most competitive of the year. GOP nominee Brian Fitzpatrick will be squaring off against Democratic nominee State Rep. Steve Santarsiero.

The second fundraising quarter runs from April 7th to June 30th.

Top-Line Numbers

In that time frame, Fitzpatrick outraised Santarsiero $495,692 to $485,190 (contrary to initial reports).

Thanks to the resources Santarsiero had to use to win the Democratic primary he spent far more ($395,363.54) and thus has less cash on hand ($391,433.06). On other hand, Fitzpatrick went through $218,628.33 and has $690,440.73 COH.

The Democratic nominee also has $10,000 in debts and obligations while the GOP nominee has $7,551.75.

Contributions

One of the keys to the State Rep’s primary victory was his support from PACs. Santarsiero brought in $125,593.72 over the past few months.

Among the more prominent examples were: AFSCME $5,000; AFT $5,000; AmeriPAC $10,000; Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers $7,500; DWS PAC $1,000; IUPAT $10,000; Machinists Non-Partisan Political League $10,000; SEIU COPE $10,000; UAW $5,000; United Steelworkers $5,000

The DCCC gave $5,000, while Philly power broker Bob Brady chipped in $2,000. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer also sent over $4,000.

Fitzpatrick was able, however, to outdo his opponent when it came to PAC donations. Altogether the Republican was able to corral $234,600 through that method.

These groups included: AFIT-PAC $5,000; PricewaterhouseCoopers PAC $5,000; Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC $10,000; Scott Riggell $1,000; AICPA PAC $5,000; Independence Blue Cross PAC $4,000; NADAPAC $5,000; NEMPAC $5,000; BankPAC $10,000; Majority Committee PAC $5,000; Citizens for Prosperity in America Today PAC $5,000; Keystone Alliance PAC; National Restaurant Association PAC $5,000; NFIB Trust $5,000; Pioneer Political Action Committee $5,000; CULAC PAC $5,000; Eye of the Tiger PAC $5,000; Independent Community Bankers Political Action Committee $5,000; Dow PAC $5,000

Mike’s brother also got help from other PA public officials. Bill Shuster sent $5,000 through his PAC, while Ryan Costello’s PAC gave $3,000 and Charlie Dent’s contributed $2,000. Pat Meehan also tossed $500 his way. Additional donations came from Tom Rooney ($2,000), Bill Johnson ($1,000), Steve LaTourette ($1,000), Frank LoBiondo ($1,000), Buddy Carter ($1,000) and Pete Sessions ($2,000).

The biggest donation might have been the $5,000 he got from Speaker Paul Ryan’s PAC Prosperity Action Inc.

Expenses

Most of the money spent by campaigns usually goes to staff and routine bills for office supplies. We like to take a look, however, at the where the rest of the cash goes.

Santarsiero, for instance, spent the bulk of their cash on a media buy. Altogether, they gave AL Media $237,853 for the spots.

The Democrat dished out $36,050 on direct mail done by The Pivot Group as well as another $9,589 to Levittown Printing. $12,200 went towards the polling firm of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and $7,000 to Rittenhouse Political Partners. $1,315 was also required to use NGP Van.

A number of digital consultants were also brought on: New Blue Interactive LLC $10,500, 4Degrees Inc $3,000 and Blue State Digital $1,050.

As for Fitzpatrick, LN Consulting LLC was a major beneficiary, charging $63,697 for consulting and another $46,428 for direct mail.

Fundraising consultant The Theodore Company got $14,597 while Samsar Consulting LLC received $7,920.

Finally, Brian Fitzpatrick purchased his brother’s campaign list for $1,207.

The 8th Congressional District represents all of Bucks County as well as parts of upper Montgomery County.

2 Responses

  1. Don’t forget The $5,200 dollars I took from Super-Trump Delegate Jim Worthington. Remember, I’m slippery. I’ll make false accusations about Brian all day in an attempt to tie him to trump, all the while taking the maximum allowed from Bucks County’s #1 Trump Supporter Jim Worthington. Hell, I don’t care about what the person believes, I’s take money from Hitler he was around to give it to me. I’m slippery Steve, to call me a hypocrite is an understatement.

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