Perry Leads Both Dems in Q1 Fundraising

The York County Republican incumbent leads the way in fundraising for the first quarter of 2020 in his reelection bid for the 10th Congressional District. 

Rep. Scott Perry’s (R-York) campaign raised $450,000 from the beginning of January to the end of March, while spending just over $255,000 during this time period. His first quarter haul is nearly a $100,000 improvement from the final quarter of 2019, in which he raised just under $360,000

The four term incumbent has now raised $1.4 million in the election cycle-to-date and entered April with $815,000 cash on hand

Eugene DePasquale, the state’s Democratic Auditor General, raised just under $350,000 from the beginning of January to the end of March, while spending $160,000 during this time period. His first quarter haul is an improvement from the final quarter of 2019 when his campaign raised just over $300,000, but not as high as his campaign raised in the third quarter of 2019 when he raised just under $360,000 and bested Perry

DePasquale’s campaign has now raised $1.01 million in the election cycle-to-date and entered April with just over $655,000 cash on hand.

Tom Brier, an attorney and author who is also seeking the Democratic Party nomination, raised just over $85,000 from the beginning of January to the end of March, while spending just under $145,000 during this time period. His first quarter haul is a slight improvement from the previous quarter when he raised $80,000 in the final three months of 2019, but not as high as the second and third quarters when he raised $100,000 in both.

Brier’s campaign has now raised just under $470,000 in the election cycle-to-date and entered April with $145,000 cash on hand.

Perry’s 2018 bid for Congress was much different from his previous three contests. The redrawing of the state’s Congressional boundaries made Perry’s district much more competitive. President Donald Trump carried Perry’s previous district by over 20 points, but with the new boundaries, he only won by 10 points. Perry’s closest election under the old map was a 25 point victory in his first race in 2012. He just narrowly defeated Democrat George Scott by 2.5 points this past November.

Perry was outraised by his Scott in the previous election cycle. Perry raised $1.5M from the beginning of 2017 to the end of 2018, while the Democrat raised $2.2M during his unsuccessful bid.

While the June primary will determine who Perry will end up facing in the November election, the Democratic Congressional Committee selected DePasquale in their first round of challengers for their “red to blue” program, citing his “grassroots engagement, local support, campaign organization, and fundraising,” while adding that they believe he has a “strong record of service” and “an authentic message.”

The Cook Political Report currently has the seat held by Perry listed as “Toss Up” for 2020, citing the district as an “unfriendly map” for the Freedom Caucus member incumbent and adding that the Democrats “landed their dream candidate” in DePasquale.

May 14th, 2020 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 7 Comments

7 thoughts on “Perry Leads Both Dems in Q1 Fundraising”

  1. phillyfreind says:

    I was a big supporter of DePasquale but he doesn’t seem independent anymore of the current regime. Why hasn’t he called for more transparency from Levine and company.

    1. PhillyPolitico says:

      No you weren’t you concern troll.

  2. bbopbboop says:

    Eugene is a total cuck- ask anyone who’s worked for him, he’s an unstable raging lunatic. Too bad scott didn’t run again.

    1. FormerGOPer says:

      Trump has cucked the entire GOP

  3. FormerGOPer says:

    All of Perry’s money comes from outside PA…look at the list of his top donors. At least Eugene’s and Briers comes from within PA.

  4. KDav says:

    The real story is that the Dems raised as much as Perry overall. Still, I do think this CD favors Perry. He will have to work for it and some resources that would have gone to Fitz will go to him.

  5. Phil Hughes says:

    No amount of campaign cash will help Perry hide his do-nothing record for the 10th Congressional District, especially in Dauphin County where DePasquale will clean up. York County is tougher but the fact that DePasquale hails from there – and has secured a significant amount of Republican support – will also help. I would not want to be an incumbent Republican having to defend the most incompetent administration on record – never mind how Trump has failed during a pandemic.

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