PA17: Lamb Raises $280K in Q2
A better second quarter.
Rep. Conor Lamb’s (D-Allegheny) campaign raised just over $280,000 from the beginning of April to the end of June, while spending just under $170,000 during this time period. He raised $80,000 more in this filing period than the previous quarter.
The freshman Democrat has now raised just under $530,000 in the election cycle-to-date.
Like the 1st quarter, the campaign raised funds from several joint fundraising committees from the beginning of April to the end of June, including a contribution from AMERIPAC: The Fund For a Greater America, founded and run by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
Despite the significant bump from the first quarter, Lamb still trails the two other targeted Democrats in the state by the NRCC, Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh), for the second consecutive quarter. Politico reports that Lamb and Cartwright are the only “most vulnerable” Democrats in the nation to raise less than $300,000 in the second quarter.
Lamb’s campaign entered the month of July with over $430,000 cash on hand, which is slightly more than Wild’s cash on hand.
Although Lamb has trailed some fellow Democrats two quarters into his 2020 bid for Congress, fundraising in his previous races were one of the highest in the state.
According to Open Secrets, Lamb raised the second most funds of any Congressional candidate in the state from 2017-2018, only trailing Democrat Scott Wallace who largely self funded his unsuccessful bid in the 1st District. He raised over $9M over the course of both races in 2018.
Lamb’s first race captured national attention when he upset GOP state Rep. Rick Saccone in the special election in the Trump friendly old 18th District. His opponent for the newly drawn 17th District, Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny), was a well funded candidate, who raised over $3M during his re-election bid.