If a 2020 bid in PA’s 1st District is anything like the 2018 race, fundraising will be a center of focus in this closely watched swing suburban district.
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) filed his first campaign finance report for 2019.
Fitzpatrick’s campaign raised $440,000 from the beginning of 2019 to the end of March, while spending just under $90,000 during this time period.
According to the Morning Call, $150,000 raised this quarter from Fitzpatrick was from “several joint fundraising committees, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s “Take Back the House 2020” PAC.”
Fitzpatrick faced a well funded Democratic challenger in Scott Wallace during his previous successful bid for Congress. According to Open Secrets, the race between Wallace and Fitzpatrick was the 7th most expensive Congressional race in the country, with $18 million total raised between both candidates. This was the most expensive race Congressional race in the state last cycle.
Fitzpatrick entered April with just under $470,000 cash on hand.
This campaign finance report is comparable to Fitzpatrick’s 1st quarter numbers in 2017, when he was fresh off of winning his first Congressional race.
In 2017’s April filing, Fitzpatrick raised close to $430,000, while bringing in over $460,000 of cash on hand into the 2nd quarter.
Fitzpatrick is one of three Pennsylvania Republicans being targeted by the DCCC’s initial 2020 list, along with Reps. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) and Scott Perry (R-York).