A slightly better second quarter.
Rep. Matt Cartwright’s (D-Lackawanna) campaign raised close to $290,000 from the beginning of April to the end of June, while spending $120,000 during this time period. His second quarter haul is close to $10,000 more than the previous quarter.
The fourth term Democrat has now raised just over $580,000 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 contributions from ActBlue and a contribution from PAC to the Future, run by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Cartwright’s campaign entered the month of July with just under $820,000 cash on hand. In comparison to this point in his previous bid in July 2017, he’s raised $25,000 less in the election cycle-to-date and has $230,000 less in cash on hand. Despite trailing in those categories while comparing this point in his previous race, he did raise close to $60,000 more this quarter than he did from April 2017 to the end of June 2017.
Cartwright won by close to 10 points in his previous bid over a self funding GOP businessman, John Chrin, who loaned his campaign over $1M during the 2018 campaign. Cartwright’s campaign raised $2.4M in the previous election cycle, with $1M of that coming from various joint fundraising committees.
Cartwright is one of three Pennsylvania Democrats being targeted by the NRCC’s initial 2020 list, along with Reps. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh). According to the Allentown Morning Call, Wild raised the most of the three in the most recent fundraising period, while Cartwright led the way in the first three months of the year.
Cartwright is still the only candidate to have officially filed with the FEC to run in the Northeast Pennsylvania district. The Times Leader reported last month that former Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne) has not ruled out a bid for the seat.