PA10: Scott Nearly Triples Perry in Q3 Fundraising; Candidates Even with Cash on Hand

Three times more than before, but they remain even on cash walking into the month.

Democratic challenger for Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District George Scott raised more than three times his previous quarter’s fundraising haul and triples incumbent Rep. Scott Perry’s (R-York) totals for the October quarterly report, although the Republican does hold a slim cash on hand advantage entering October.

According to the FEC, Scott raised $900,000 from July to the end of September, while Perry raised slightly over $330,000 during this same time period. During the previous quarter, the challenger raised $240,000, while the incumbent brought in a bit more than $185,000.

The Scott campaign believes this is a sign that momentum is on their side and claim that nearly 3,000 of their third quarter contributions came from inside the district.   

“The energy is palpable, people are ready to vote for a change and these numbers reflect that,” said Campaign Manager Jason O’Malley. “Mr. Perry raised less than $100,000 more than he did in the second quarter while George’s numbers more than tripled, tripled. These numbers are telling about where the momentum is.”   

The Perry campaign also boasted about their 3rd quarter fundraising numbers and believe that a significant portion of his opponents money is coming from liberal donors outside of the state.

“Congressman Perry had a strong third quarter which will allow him to continue to engage with voters and continue to talk about issues that impact families like lower taxes, safety and security for our families and Nation and protecting Medicare and Social Security and guaranteeing that pre-existing conditions are protected,” said campaign spokesman Brian Nutt.  

“Meanwhile George Scott continues to raise the bulk of his money for outside of Pennsylvania from liberal donors alligned with Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York who support an agenda of socialized universal healthcare, higher taxes and policies that make our communities and Nation less safe and secure,” Nutt said.

Scott cleared $1M raised in the election cycle-to-date in the most recent filing, while Perry is just shy of that. By the end of September, Scott’s campaign raised $1.25M, while Perry has brought in close to $980,000 for the election cycle-to-date.   

At the end of the 3rd quarter report, Perry does hold a slender lead over Scott in cash on hand. Entering October, Perry’s campaign has a bit more than $540,000, while Scott’s campaign has $520,000 cash on hand.  

The Democratic candidate spent a great deal more during this period than the Republican incumbent as well. Scott’s campaign spent close to $600,000 from July to the end of September, while Perry’s campaign spent a little more than $340,000.

Scott’s campaign has spent close to $730,000 in the election cycle-to-date, which is a bit more than the Perry total spent of just shy of $670,000.

The candidates went head to head Monday night at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg for a debate and will face each other once more this week on Thursday night on WGAL.

FiveThirtyEight currently has the race listed as “Leans Republican.”

3 Responses

  1. A quick look at Scott’s numbers for the quarter show $350,000 from PA, while Perry got only $59,000 from PA donors.

    Perry seems to have come down with a serious case of “Pot calling Kettle”.

    Scott got almost 40% of his money this quarter from PA.
    Perry got only 20% of his money from PA.

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