A strong 2nd quarter.
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s (R-Bucks) campaign raised just under $490,000 from the beginning of April to the end of June, while spending just over $140,000 during this time period. The $490,000 raised in the second quarter is $50,000 more than he brought in the previous quarter and is the largest off-year fundraising period for Fitzpatrick’s campaign to date.
The second term Republican has now raised just under $1.02M in the election cycle-to-date.
Like the 1st quarter, the campaign raised funds from several joint fundraising committees from April to the end of June. Just over $25,000 came from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s “Take Back the House 2020 PAC.”
Fitzpatrick’s campaign entered the month of July with just over $810,000 cash on hand. In comparison to this point in his previous bid in July 2017, he’s raised $140,000 more in the election cycle-to-date and has $100,000 more cash on hand.
His 2018 bid for Congress against well funded Democratic challenger Scott Wallace was the most expensive Congressional race in the state last cycle, and the 7th most expensive Congressional race in the country, according to Open Secrets. $18 million total was raised between both candidates.
Since his previous campaign finance report, three additional candidates have officially filed with the FEC to make a bid for the suburban swing district. Debbie Wachspress, a Pennsbury School Board member, and Bucks County Prothonotary Judi Reiss have filed to run as Democrats, while Fitzpatrick is set to face pro-Trump Republican and financial advisor, Andrew Meehan in the GOP primary.
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).
Brother Brian may be channeling King Midas…and may suffer a comparable fate in light of his voting pattern and his disingenuous rationales for the most recent one [as per rationales to Dom and Dean last week].
Scott Wallace did a great job fund raising but was not dynamic and Fitz got a free pass. $18 million last cycle between both parties will be surpassed this upcoming cycle and with Trump mania in full bloom in 2020 in the suburbs Fitz will be swimming upstream as a fellow Republican. The Dems will nominate a more dynamic candidate this upcoming cycle and lay claim to a seat in Congress that should be theirs by now. If Fitz stays R it will be “bye bye Fitz” in 2020 and “hello Dem.”