PA7: Bolstered by Loan, Scheller Outpaces Wild in Q4

As long as the last quarter of 2019 is not an anomaly, then the Congressional race in the Lehigh Valley is shaping up to be the most expensive race in the state.

Rep. Susan Wild’s (D-Lehigh) campaign raised $520,000 from the beginning of October to the end of December, while spending just over $100,000 during this time period. Her fourth quarter haul is her best of 2019, besting her previous high by $165K from the second quarter

The freshman Democrat has now raised $1.5 million in the election cycle-to-date and holds $1.06 million cash on hand entering 2020. 

While three Republicans are currently vying for their party’s nomination, Lisa Scheller, a former Lehigh County Commissioner and businesswoman who has received the endorsement from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), boasted the strongest numbers of any candidate seeking the 7th Congressional District, in large part due to a loan she’s given her campaign. 

Scheller’s campaign raised $550,000 from the beginning of October to the end of December, while spending just under $120,000 during that time period. While the $550,000 is the largest of any candidate seeking this seat in one quarter in 2019, $300,000 of it was from a loan Scheller gave to her campaign. She entered 2020 with just over $430,000 cash on hand

The next closest Republican, Dean Browning, has also invested a significant amount of his own money into his campaign. 

Browning, a former Lehigh County Commissioner and businessman, raised just over $55,000 from the beginning of October to the end of December, while spending $52,000 during this time period. He loaned his campaign $25,000 during the most recent quarter and has loaned a total of $165,000 during his bid for the GOP nomination. Browning’s campaign, including the various loans, has raised $300,000 in the election cycle-to-date, and entered 2020 with $225,000 cash on hand

Matt Connolly, a former race car driver and two time GOP candidate for Congress, loaned his campaign $5,000 from the beginning of October to the end of December, while spending $740 during this time period. Connolly’s campaign entered 2020 with $4,260 cash on hand

During Wild’s 2018 bid for Congress, she consistently outraised her GOP counterpart, Marty Nothstein. 

The Cook Political Report currently has the seat held by Wild as “Lean Democratic” for 2020.

Wild is currently one of three Pennsylvania Democrats being targeted by the NRCC’s initial 2020 list, along with Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) and Conor WildLamb (D-Allegheny).

February 12th, 2020 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 5 Comments

5 thoughts on “PA7: Bolstered by Loan, Scheller Outpaces Wild in Q4”

  1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    When you have to loan your own campaign a big gob of money, that must mean nobody else is willing to bet on you. Sad sign that nobody wants you.

    1. Huh says:

      I really wish youI would see the irony of you lecturing people about politics. You thought Stack was a Republican.

  2. Dilbert Pickles says:

    Honestly the most impressive feat in this article is that Connolly was able come up with $5000. He used to race cars, now he runs for congress. Luckily for the good people he wants to represent, he works as hard on his campaigns as he does in real life.

  3. yerkiddenright says:

    Get Browning and the other wannabe out of the R race, and this could get interesting…

    1. The Huckabeast says:

      Yeah it’s going to get interesting. With that orange sh!t show at the top of the ballot, he is either going to turn out his brainwashed followers OR to opposition to the constant lawless nonsense is going to turn out. Of course no more straight party voting so the idiots can’t just blindly vote Republican and have every Neanderthal right winger get a vote regardless of if they deserve it or are actually qualified to serve in elected office.

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