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Q1: Congressional Breakdown

moneyWith all FEC reports now in, we take a look at the results for every congressional district.

The pre-primary first quarter runs from January 1st, 2016 to April 6th, 2016.

Below we’ve included the top-line numbers for every district in the commonwealth, which includes the amounts raised, spent, and current cash on hand. Also, each incumbent is identified in italics along with their PVI and the year they were first sworn into Congress.


Rep. Bob Brady-D+28-1998

Raised: $156,278

Spent: $268,313

COH: $487,473


Brady made a massive $200,000 contribution to the DCCC, evidence of just how high he ranks in the Congressional Dems’ inner circle right now.


Rep. Chaka Fattah-D+38-1995

Raised: $14,720

Spent: $9,654

COH: $7,673


Congressman Fattah’s report arrived late, which got him a rebuke from the FEC. The big problem for Fattah, though, are those low numbers. Well, them and the 29 indictments.

Dwight Evans

Raised: $517,588

Spent: $496,655

COH: $323,945


Evans has been a serious threat to defeat Fattah from the beginning and these totals emphasize why.

Brian Gordon

Raised: $11,219

Spent: $25,386

COH: $2,001


A heavy underdog, although judging by his low cash on hand total he should be commended for leaving it all on the field.

Dan Muroff

Raised: $81,757

Spent: $195,604

COH: $94,721


Muroff impressed with his fundraising in a tough race which might have caught the attention of politicos in Philly.


Rep. Mike Kelly-R+8-2011

Raised: $178,748

Spent: $120,005

COH: $674,466


It will be interesting to see if Kelly uses his cash on hand advantage to help out his party.


Rep. Scott Perry-R+9-2013

Raised: $53,353

Spent: $44,973

COH: $276,855


Not the best totals, then again Rep. Perry doesn’t have anything to worry about.


Rep. Glenn Thompson-R+8-2009

Raised: $121,605

Spent: $157,130

COH: $341,378


Rep. Thompson is in good financial shape in a GOP-favored district.

Kerith Strano Taylor

Raised: $10,120

Spent: $8,716

COH: $11,435


Taylor is in rough financial shape in a GOP-favored district.


Rep. Ryan Costello-R+2-2015

Raised: $503,330

Spent: $146,725

COH: $1,218,097


The freshman continues to bring in impressive hauls and is well positioned for November.

Mike Parrish

Raised: $29,494

Spent: $41,294

COH: $15,911


Parrish’s fundraising efforts aren’t consistent with a serious contender in a competitive seat.


Rep. Pat Meehan-R+2-2011

Raised: $512,123

Spent: $189,017

COH: $2,526,004


Rep. Meehan continues to dominate the fundraising race.

Mary Ellen Balchunis

Raised: $22,637

Spent: $14,922

COH: $17,721


For someone who won the nomination in 2014 and may very well do so again, Balchunis is a terrible fundraiser.

Bill Golderer

Raised: $118,619

Spent: $217,026

COH: $136,010


The Democrat will need more money to compete against an incumbent like Meehan.


Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick-R+1-2011

Raised: $562

Spent: $46,307

COH: $989,895


Fitzpatrick gave $11,500 to the Bucks County GOP. Expect even more if his brother is the nominee.

Brian Fitzpatrick

Raised: $452,203

Spent: $38,826

COH: $413,377


The first-time candidate gets off to a great start.

Marc Duome

Raised: $10,451

Spent: $3,744

COH: $6,706


Not going to be enough money to prevail over the incumbent’s younger brother.

Note: GOP candidate Andy Warren’s report hasn’t been released yet.

Shaughnessy Naughton

Raised: $384,187

Spent: $630,422

COH: $388,751


Naughton lost the 2014 primary by 817 votes. Now she’s spending big in order to make sure 2016 is not a repeat.

Steve Santarsiero

Raised: $428,211

Spent: $549,090

COH: $301,606


After initially struggling as a fundraiser, the State Rep. stepped up his game with the nomination on the line.


Rep. Bill Shuster-R+14-2001

Raised: $722,007

Spent: $724,201

COH: $1,372,160


Rep. Shuster stepped up his game ahead of the GOP primary.

Art Halvorson

Raised: $133,807

Spent: $143,734

COH: $31,074


Halvorson’s performance has improved but it may not be enough.


Rep. Tom Marino-R+12-2011

Raised: $131,955

Spent: $70,420

COH: $385,297


Given his strength in his district, Marino can afford to focus more on the presidential contest.


Rep. Lou Barletta-R+6-2011

Raised: $160,563

Spent: $86,949

COH: $323,453


Congressman Barletta continues to get by in his conservative district.

Mark Marsicano

Raised: $19,299

Spent: $16,024

COH: $99,289


It’s nice to see someone running in an uncompetitive seat, but Marsicano simply isn’t raising the amount of cash one needs to in order for this to be an actual race.


Rep. Keith Rothfus-R+9-2013

Raised: $192,727

Spent: $134,366

COH: $1,118,040


Rep. Rothfus’ cash on hand reserve should secure his third term.

Erin McClelland

Raised: $17,047

Spent: $50,365

COH: $25,058



Rep. Brendan Boyle-D+13-2015

Raised: $128,179

Spent: $321,340

COH: $496,808


Boyle was also able to give $20,000 to the DCCC but he was even more generous to his brother. Altogether, Brendan gave a massive $225,000 to his brother Kevin’s State Senate campaign.


Rep. Michael Doyle-D+15-1995

Raised: $110,435

Spent: $98,671

COH: $271,335


Not a great report but there’s no way (barring scandal) Rep.Doyle can lose this seat.


Rep. Charlie Dent-R+2-2005

Raised: $162,124

Spent: $179,496

COH: $1,220,624


Congressman Dent will never get a primary challenger so long as his cash on hand total is in the seven digits.


Rep. Joe Pitts-R+4-1997

Raised: $3,418

Spent: $21,199

COH: $101,346


The chief benefit of impending retirement: no more fundraising responsibilities.

Lloyd Smucker

Raised: $434,572

Spent: $443,923

COH: $105,249


The Republican State Sen. certainly isn’t taking anything for granted in his attempt to replace Congressman Pitts.

Christina Hartman

Raised: $108,078

Spent: $67,623

COH: $126,988


Hartman’s totals are OK, but PA-16 is more conservative than its PVI suggests.

Gary Wegman

Raised: $2,775

Spent: $2,870

COH: $404


These totals don’t reflect a serious campaign.


Rep. Matt Cartwright-D+4-2013

Raised: $168,926

Spent: $85,313

COH: $734,425


Another seat that is more partisan than its PVI score would indicate, Cartwright should be fine as long as he keeps his head on straight.


Rep. Tim Murphy-R+10-2003

Raised: $269,370

Spent: $123,079

COH: $1,226,335


Should be good for the rest of the year and beyond.

19 Responses

  1. @Militant Republican Moderate – Casacio is probably curled up in the fetal position on a floor somewhere since his campaign is running with a negative fund balance against an incumbent with $2.5M in the bank.

  2. I think they are good numbers is we have here because I think for every incumbent except Chaka Fattah will probably win the Primary including Steve Santarsiero and Andy Warren would win the 8th Congressional District Primaries, Bill Golderer winning the 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary, and Chet Beiler winning the 16th Congressional District Republican Primary by a upset because he is a rich guy.

  3. Boss: I guess your Frieda is still upset with me for bringing a friend. Tell her I forgive her for the half a night stand. I’m not talking about her furniture, numb nuts.

  4. arthur holst-

    The 7th has 65,000 more Republicans. Meehan’s doesn’t have “strong numbers” just strong gerrymandering. Flip the numbers to 65,000 Dem advantage and the funding would be flipped as well.

  5. Pat Meehan’s cash on hand is more likely a reflection of his incumbency. Balchunis has a hard road to hoe in fundraising because of Meehan’s srong numbers.

  6. Mr. Thomassey, what you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  7. All these numbers! Maybe they will help with this math problem : Junior Zappala and Left on the wayside Larchuk had the same campaign manager, Marty Marks. Just as he was about to declare victory, Larchuk mysteriously conceded defeat, so Marty Marks= -1. Junior Zappala’s Uncle Charley is a close business associate of Turnpike Commissioner Bill Lieberman. Lieberman is a B.F.F. Of Keith ” I’m stuck in the turnpike snowstorm. Help me!” Rothfus. That makes Charley Zappala + 1 in the us congress. Junior Zappala is a Democrat running this year for Attorney General. Rothfus is a Republican running for reelection this year to Congress. If Uncle Charley plays the voters like a football teaser, can he hit the sweet spot with two wins on an over/under of 2.5 million votes? Prizes will be delivered to the winners by Senator Callywampus when he comes out of hiding.

  8. Hate to do it- but agree(??) with David on 6th Cong District. Fact Parrish voted against Obama is a badge of intelligence.
    Let’s leave that aside – Costello is a political hack- a Puppet for a Party that stands for nothing. Like the Goldwater debacle- many Republicans and Independents will vote Parrish- partly at revulsion against So-called establishment . Parrish wins if Hiliary is nominee.

  9. In the 11th District, the candidate’s name is Mike Marsicano not Mark. If you are basing your prediction solely on the amount of cash raised by the candidates, look back to Jeb Bush and his finances in the primary and how long he lasted. Cash on hand is not indicative to one’s success in a primary election.

  10. Chris Jones and Hater-

    This district was constructed by republicans for republicans. The R’s have plenty of advantages here.

    Let’s see how much the GOP convention shakes their party to the foundations.

    In a “normal year”, a Dem wouldn’t have much of a chance. 25,000 voter registration advantage is signification.

    But, this year is going to one for the history books.

  11. Mr. Diano, Parris will go down as this year’s Eugene Atkinson–a self-seeking party switcher who lost big time.

  12. What in the world is going on with the reporting on CD-16? Chet Beiler raised well and spent $100K more than Smucker in Q1 – but his totals are not even listed here. Meanwhile Gary Wegman’s totals are reported on and criticized, but he isn’t even a candidate anymore. Of course he’s not raising money.

  13. The 6th congressional district has a 25K GOP registration advantage, but there are 60K independents.

    In a Presidential year, with Trump/Cruz fighting for top spot at the convention, the GOP is going to be dealing with a lot of “ugly”, and possibly depressed turnout. (Either less turnout, or a lot of depression among the GOP turning out, realizing they belong to a shitty party.)

    Lindy had half of what Costello had, and Parrish kicked her ass off the ballot.

    The seat remains a long shot, but in a wild Presidential year, you never know.

  14. We can put Costello and Rothfus in the win column. Parrish and McClelland are truly pathetic candidates.

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