PA-8: Q3: Naughton vs. Santarsiero Fundraising Breakdown

Naughton SantarsieroThe third quarter FEC deadline has passed and the numbers are in for the competitors in the PA-8 Democratic primary, Shaughnessy Naughton and Steve Santarsiero.

Naughton: 2 Santarsiero: 1

Lets dig deeper, however, and take a more detailed dive into both candidates’ reports. The third fundraising quarter runs from July 1st to September 30th.

Top-Line Numbers

Naughton outraised Santarsiero in the third quarter $283,224.71 to $160,754.01. Santarsiero spent more money ($112,264.27) and that’s part of the reason he no longer has the cash on hand ($331,342.41) advantage. That belongs to Naughton ($441,452.72) who spent considerably less ($83,944.94).

Two notes before we dive in. Santarsiero paid back the $40,000 he loaned to himself last quarter while Naughton still owes $8,500 on a loan from her 2014 campaign. She is also still disputing a $22,850 debt to the Dover Group.


Although Santarsiero has fallen behind in the overall fundraising race, he still holds a small lead when it comes to PAC donations. Santarsiero, who is the choice of labor, received $22,150 in PAC compared to Naughton’s $18,000.

His largest contributions came from: Local 542 of the International Union of Operating Engineers ($7,500), the UAW ($5,000), UFCW ($2,000) and PASNAP ($500).

Once again, the State Rep. also got help from some of his colleagues. Thomas Caltagirone gave $1,000, Madeleine Dean $700, Mike Schlossberg and Dan Miller each $250, Harry Readshaw $200 and Rosita Youngblood $100.

Montgomery County Treasurer Jason Salus gave $1,000 while the Newtown Dems pitched in $100.

Meanwhile, Naughton got $5,000 from EMILY’s List and $10,000 from New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand’s Off the Sidelines PAC. Sen. Gillibrand, and EMILY’s List, have made it their mission to elect more women to Congress and their contributions comprised most of Naughton’s PAC support.


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 political consultants the campaigns are using.

Rittenhouse Political Partners received $5,250 from Santarsiero’s campaign for fundraising work. The team also spent $2,293.50 to use NGP Van.

Naughton used a number of different consulting firms. $6,000 each went to opposition research firm HSC Inc. and fundraising consultant Yellow House Partners. Next Level Partners, another fundraising firm, received $5,250.

The campaign spent $5,014 on email consultant Mothership Strategies and $2,750 for media and speaker training from Positive Communications.

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

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