This author, combat veteran, and former congressional candidate who is running for the Republican Party nomination for U.S. Senate has announced his campaign’s first fundraising haul since entering the race.
Parnell sent out a tweet on Friday morning saying that his campaign received 7,064 donations and contributions from 65 counties in the commonwealth.
I wanted to take a moment to thank #ParnellsPlatoon from the bottom of my heart.
Contributions 65/67 counties in Pennsylvania
And we did it ALL in HALF A QUARTER. Simply amazing.
Let’s Win Pennsylvania and Save America! ???????? pic.twitter.com/KxumR9lzsi
— Sean Parnell (@SeanParnellUSA) July 16, 2021
Jeff Bartos, a Montgomery County real estate developer who was the GOP Lt. Governor nominee in 2018, currently leads the GOP fundraising race for U.S. Senate.
Bartos raised $1 million from the beginning of April to the end of June. While Bartos is the lone GOP candidate for Senate in the state to raise over $1 million in Q2, $440,000 of it was from a loan he gave to his campaign.
Bartos entered July with $1.85 million cash on hand, which is the most of any candidate seeking the GOP nomination in 2022.
Kathy Barnette, an author, conservative commentator, and former congressional candidate, raised $595,000 from the beginning of April to the end of June. While Barnette outpaced Parnell in the 2nd quarter, the Allegheny County Republican holds a cash on hand advantage over the Montgomery County Republican.
In 2020, Parnell lost to Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) by just over 2 points in the 17th Congressional District in 2020, while Joe Biden bested Donald Trump by just under 3 points in the battleground western PA district, according to Daily Kos.
According to Open Secrets, Parnell raised $3.9 million in the previous election cycle, which was the most of any GOP congressional challenger in Pennsylvania. Just under $8 million was raised in Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District during the previous cycle, making it the second most expensive race in the state in 2020.
Parnell, Barnette and Bartos are the only 2022 GOP Senate hopefuls to raise more than $100,000 in Q2, although several other candidates are also vying for the open seat.
Carla Sands, former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark during President Donald Trump’s administration, formally announced her candidacy earlier this month and has not filed a campaign finance report yet.
According to the FEC, Everett Stern, a businessman and HSBC whistleblower, Craig Snyder, a political consultant and former chief of staff to Sen. Arlen Specter, James Edward Hayes, John Debellis, Martin Rosenfeld, and Robert Jeffries have also filed statements of candidacy.