After securing a third term in the House, this Bucks County Republican submitted his campaign’s first finance report for 2021.
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) raised $360,000 from the beginning of 2021 to the end of March, while spending just over $55,000 during this time period.
Fitzpatrick’s campaign entered April with slightly over $350,000 cash on hand.
This is also the first finance report that Fitzpatrick’s campaign has filed under the committee name “Brian Fitzpatrick For All Of Us.” In previous cycles, Fitzpatrick’s fundraising committee’s name was “Brian Fitzpatrick for Congress.”
According to Open Secrets, $6.5 million was raised in Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District during the 2020 cycle, making it the third most expensive congressional race in the state last cycle. Fitzpatrick’s campaign raised $4.2 million in the previous cycle, which is more than any other GOP incumbent for Congress raised in the state’s delegation.
Fitzpatrick’s 2021 first quarter haul is not as much as he’s raised in comparison to his previous 1st quarter numbers at the same point in the two previous cycles.
In 2019’s April filing, Fitzpatrick raised $440,000, while bringing in $470,000 cash on hand into the 2nd quarter. In 2017’s April filing, fresh off of winning his first Congressional race, Fitzpatrick raised close to $430,000, while bringing in over $460,000 of cash on hand into the 2nd quarter.
Fitzpatrick defeated Democratic challenge Christina Finello by 13 points in 2020 to earn a third term in Congress. Biden carried the 1st Congressional District over Trump by nearly 6 points, according to Daily Kos.
Fitzpatrick is the lone Republican in the state to represent a Biden won district and is currently one of two Pennsylvania Republicans being targeted by the DCCC’s initial 2022 list, along with Rep. Scott Perry (R-York).
However, Pennsylvania will lose a seat after redistricting, making it difficult for any challenger and incumbent to accurately size up their 2022 prospects.
How does this compare with what his brother spent when he preceeded him as Congressman?