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PA10: Perry Raises Close To $170K in Q1

His 2018 bid included fighting through a close race against a Democrat in a district that became much less of a conservative stronghold after the Congressional maps were redrawn.

Now, Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) has filed his first campaign finance report in his fourth term in Congress.

Perry’s campaign raised just under $170,000 from the beginning of 2019 to the end of March, while spending just under $30,000 in the first three months of the year.

Just over $60,000 of his funds raised in the 1st quarter of the year came from a number of joint fundraising committees, including a contribution from the House Freedom Fund, whose goal is to elect “strong conservative candidates to Congress.”

Perry ended the 1st quarter with $190,000 cash on hand.

His most recent race for Congress was much different from his previous three contests. The redrawing of the state’s Congressional boundaries made Perry’s district much more competitive. President Donald Trump carried Perry’s previous district by over 20 points, but with the new boundaries, he only won by 10 points. Perry’s closest election under the old map was a 25 point victory in his first race in 2012. He just narrowly defeated Democrat George Scott by 2.5 points this past November.

Perry was outraised by his Scott in the previous election cycle. Perry raised $1.5M from the beginning of 2017 to the end of 2018, while the Democrat raised $2.2M during his unsuccessful bid.

It is unclear who Perry will face in 2020, but Democrats are already placing flipping his seat as a priority. The DCCC selected Perry as one of their three targets in the state to flip, along with Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) and Mike Kelly (R-Butler).

Tom Brier, an attorney and author, is the only declared Democratic candidate thus far for the 10th District in 2020. His campaign raised $100,000 in the first quarter of the year. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale told PoliticsPA he is mulling a run for a couple of different offices, while not ruling out a run for the 10th District in 2020. It is also currently unclear if George Scott, the Democratic candidate in 2018, will make another run for the seat.

One Response

  1. Take a look at Perry’s receipts, most of the money is corporate money or large donations from out of state. Seems that organic support in PA for him is pretty low.

    I’m surprised he isn’t becoming more moderate to match the new district, but if you follow the money, it’s all conservative PACS, so he doesn’t have much of a choice it seems. Going to make for a tough reelection.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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