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Q1: Congressional Breakdown

moneyWednesday wasn’t just Tax Day, it was also the deadline for first quarter fundraising reports.

The first quarter runs from January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015.

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: $98,850

Spent: $48,501.76

COH: $596,675.03


The influential Philly Congressman has plenty of cash to help out his fellow Democrats.


Rep. Chaka Fattah-D+38-1995

Raised: $67,440

Spent: $62,472.78

COH: $3,825.60


The legally-troubled Congressman has surprisingly little in the bank and he spent $38,000 on fees to attorneys this quarter.


Rep. Mike Kelly-R+8-2011

Raised: $158,308.50

Spent: $97,354.79

COH: $199,344.58


Congressman Kelly should have enough cash to hold his own and prevent any legitimate challengers from emerging.


Rep. Scott Perry-R+9-2013

Raised: $46,116.31

Spent: $92,474.95

COH: $104,312.61


A large chunk of that spending came from a $65,500 donation to the NRCC. That should make Congressman Perry popular with some of his more endangered colleagues.


Rep. Glenn Thompson-R+8-2009

Raised: $109,037.56

Spent: $116,782.19

COH: $302,765.86


For this district, at this time, these numbers are healthy enough.


Rep. Ryan Costello-R+2-2015

Raised: $217,580.31

Spent: $89,673.93

COH: $250,066.37


The freshman Congressman got to celebrate his election by immediately planning for the next one. Such is the life of Representatives in swing districts, especially those in their first term. The $161,692 Costello got from PACs was surely appreciated.


Rep. Pat Meehan-R+2-2011

Raised: $212,845.38

Spent: $148,494.30

COH: $1,735,553.45


Apparently, nobody told Rep. Meehan this is supposed to be a competitive seat. With that cash on hand total, though, I don’t think it will be necessary.

Note: One person isn’t intimidated by those numbers, at least not yet. Lindy Li filed her “statement of candidacy” papers last week.


Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick-R+1-2011

Raised: $405.96

Spent: $59,850.44

COH: $1,017,273.43


Can you tell Congressman Fitzpatrick is retiring? What’s even more incredibly is that raised total is actually just interest, he didn’t accept a single check in the first three months of the year. That million-plus will make a great gift to some GOP hopeful in Bucks though.

Note: To see the totals, as well as a full breakdown, of the reports of Democratic candidates Shaughnessy Naughton and Steve Santarsiero click here.


Rep. Bill Shuster-R+14-2001

Raised: $446,308.33

Spent: $138,099.54

COH: $723,506.41


A strong quarter that should discourage any potential opponents. Turns out serving on the Armed Services Committee has its advantages.


Rep. Tom Marino-R+12-2011

Raised: $151,462.54

Spent: $71,405.34

COH: $163,664.69


These aren’t incredible numbers, but with his district he doesn’t need incredible numbers.


Rep. Lou Barletta-R+6-2011

Raised: $73,302.95

Spent: $37,668.67

COH: $120,318.48


Congressman Barletta isn’t lighting the world on fire yet and his district isn’t as heavily slanted towards his party as some of his other colleagues. It’s hard to imagine he’ll have a serious challenger, but it’s still early.


Rep. Keith Rothfus-R+9-2013

Raised: $176,250.00

Spent: $102,951.50

COH: $601,960.60


Not the best quarter but the cash on hand total definitely makes up for it.


Rep. Brendan Boyle-D+13-2015

Raised: $117,029.99

Spent: $56,352.66

COH: $475,900.21


OK numbers but Boyle’s cash on hand, as well as the district’s makeup, are what make his re-election odds strong at the moment.


Rep. Michael Doyle-D+15-1995

Raised: $48,111.89

Spent: $62,530.32

COH: $196,113.15


This is another example of a tepid report that is bailed out by incumbency and a favorable PVI rating.


Rep. Charlie Dent-R+2-2005

Raised: $223,831.84

Spent: $136,677.57

COH: $1,024,969.85


One of the best fundraisers in the commonwealth, Dent’s money skills keep serious Democratic challengers away.


Rep. Joe Pitts-R+4-1997

Raised: $115,500.00

Spent: $75,367.96

COH: $176,081.62


Yet another case of the advantage of incumbency. No opponent has ever really challenged Congressman Pitts and it’s doubtful one ever will.


Rep. Matt Cartwright-D+4-2013

Raised: $103,662.95

Spent: $60,809.62

COH: $495,927.13


Doesn’t appear to have fully revved the machine back up but the cash left over from last cycle provides some leeway.


Rep. Tim Murphy-R+10-2003

Raised: $291,351.80

Spent: $92,510.48

COH: $1,017,762.21


Strong numbers, especially from someone facing no real danger.

3 Responses

  1. PA Xena took the words right out of my mouth. We also have stupid conservative Democrats who vote against their own interest who contribute to this whole problem. Time for a new organization out here.

  2. Tom Houghton gave Joe Pitts a run for the money, made Joe spend much more than he had to in many years defending against the “Say No to Joe” campaign.

  3. Nice to see the dirty congressmen of Western PA like murphy have plenty of money. He and Shuter need to go! When will voters see they do nothing for the people they represent!

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