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PA Sen: Toomey Raises Close to $500K in Q1

He’s still three years away until another possible run, but Sen. Pat Toomey’s fundraising remains at a consistent pace in the first quarter of 2019.

The GOP senator raised about $490,000 from the beginning of 2019 to the end of March. Toomey is now just shy of $3M raised in election cycle-to-date.

This quarter is on par with much of the previous year’s fundraising numbers. This filing is better than his two most recent reports that ended 2018, but trail his best quarter when he brought in over $550,000 in the July filing period last year.

Toomey entered the month of April with just under $1.6M cash on hand.

At this point in his first term, Toomey had raised more money in the election cycle-to-date and had more cash on hand.

In April 2013, Toomey had raised over $3.6M in the election cycle-to-date, while he carried just under $2.4M cash on hand into the beginning of that month.

No Democrat has officially announced their intentions for the seat, although a number of statewide elected Democrats are mulling their next runs, including Auditor General Eugene DePasquale who told PoliticsPA he’s open to running for Congress in PA-10 or a bid for Senate.  

9 Responses

  1. He has no need to raise money considering his two-term-limit pledge was a central part of his 2010 campaign. He honored his three-term-limit pledge in the House. Has he decided he is not interested in keeping his word this time?

      1. I’ve seen too many of those Republicans elected after 2000 on the self imposed 2 term limit back out on that promise. Toomey did stick to his term limit promise in Congress though, but it was with the intent he was moving on to run for the Senate. PA and the USA will be better off with Toomey back in the private sector.

    1. Not saying you are right or wrong. I have heard people say that he promised two senate terms, but can’t find that anywhere in print. Can you provide a source for that?

      With his House campaigns, it was everywhere on materials etc. I just haven’t seen this senate term limit anywhere in writing, so I’m curious.

      Thank you

      1. It is always fair to ask for sources. I specifically remember it being part of his stump speech in 2010, though I am not sure if he shied away from it by 2016. He introduced a constitutional amendment limiting House members to 6 years and Senators to 12, but I am struggling to find anything that specifically says that he pledges to limit himself to two terms in writing. I wonder if that was by design.

  2. R plus 8.9% for the 10th vs running for US Senate against Toomey. Neither are easy battles. Senate means a lot more money is needed to raised. Congress is in an R district by nearly 9%. Trump effect is the big issue and how that will weigh on voters. Toomey will have a war chest so he’ll be on the air constantly. Maybe, statewide is a better chance if Trump tanks.

      1. My error. I stand corrected. The challenge remains in that is it easier to run in an R district 8.9% or across the state with the Trump effect may or may not be an issue. Fundraising across the state is harder but running in an R district is not easy. I don’t have the answer.

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