Therefore, his head-start in the money race should be one of his campaign’s strongest attributes. While McGinty’s headline numbers were more impressive than his, there are still some silver linings for the former Congressman.
According to his FEC report, Sestak raised $551,259.04 in the third fiscal quarter from July 1st to September 30th.
The campaign spent $300,828.16 leaving him with $2,416,291.88 cash on hand. Sestak has no debts, loans or obligations.
While Sestak was outraised by McGinty this quarter, he still brought in more unitemized contributions (those which are $200 or less).
$414,067.64 of his total came from itemized donations while $132,342.04 was from unitemized donations. So far, the campaign has taken about 4,900 contributions and 90% were $200 or less.
Also in contrast to McGinty, Sestak raised barely any PAC money (Fetterman had none). In fact, just over 98% of his donations came from individuals.
The 2010 Senate Democratic nominee brought in only $4,525 from PACs. Interestingly, despite how the establishment views him, these contributions came from fellow Democratic politicians.
Congressman Matt Cartwright gave $1,000 while former State Rep. John Hornaman chipped in $250. He also got $100 each from the Fulton County Democratic Committee and the York County Federation of Democratic Women.
The retired Admiral’s only real PAC contribution was the $2,500 he got from VoteVets.
Sestak vastly outspent his primary opponents with most of the money going to staff, consultants and supplies for the office.
The biggest sum of cash, $70,894.57, went to GSI Inc., which consults progressive candidates and organizations when it comes to fundraising strategy.
$27,348.47 went to the Kennedy Printing Company for, you guessed it, printing.