Fundraising is the least fun part of any campaign. Often it entails hours on the phone, cold-calling strangers for cash. It’s symptomatic of a process that has a wide range of critics on both sides of the aisle.
It’s also a very convenient way to compare candidates apples-to-apples.
We’re less than 100 days until Election Day and two quarters of financing have been filed. Let’s see who had a good quarter and who did not. Q2 covers April 26 through June 30 – slightly abbreviated due to a pre-primary reporting requirement.
Bob Casey (D)
It was another solid quarter for the incumbent Senator up for reelection in November. Casey’s campaign brought in $2.2M from the period. His campaign currently holds $9.8M cash on hand, while GOP challenger Rep. Lou Barletta’s $1.56M.
Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny)
At the beginning of the year, Conor Lamb was a candidate for Congress in a Special Election for PA’s right leaning 18th Congressional District. Lamb secured the national spotlight the same night he captured the victory over state Rep. Rick Saccone. For his first full fundraising quarter as the Democratic candidate for PA’s newly drawn 17th district, he slightly outraised fellow Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny) roughly $659,000 to $536,000. This is the only race in the nation between two incumbents seeking the same congressional seat.
John Chrin (R-Monroe)
He has money and he’s not afraid to spend it. The Republican challenger for Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District was outraised $280,000 to just nearly $110,000 by incumbent Rep. Matt Cartwright, but this does not tell the whole story. Chrin loaned his campaign $205,000 during this time period totaling up to $900,000 loaned to his campaign, which is the highest of any Republican in Pennsylvania seeking Congress this November.
Mike Kelly (R-Butler)
He’s ready for a race. The incumbent representative based out of Northwestern Pennsylvania raised over $420,000, edging Democratic challenger’s Ron DiNicola’s $316,000. Where Kelly can distance himself from his Democratic opponent is cash on hand. Kelly’s campaign currently possesses $1.7M cash on hand, the second highest of any Republican candidate seeking Congress in Pennsylvania. The newly drawn 16th District voted for President Trump by just over 20 points.
Jess King (D-Lancaster)
Climbing the uphill battle. The Democratic challenger for the newly drawn 11th Congressional District was outraised by incumbent Rep. Lloyd Smucker, but finished the month with more cash on hand than her opponent, $355,000 to Smucker’s $300,000. The district voted for President Trump by over 25 points, but this hasn’t stopped King from making impressive inroads in the fundraising field.
Greg McCauley (R-Chester)
The Republican candidate in the 6th Congressional district raised less than $100,000. McCauley currently also trails in cash on hand $2.2M to just over $130,000 against Democratic candidate Chrissy Houlahan. The newly drawn district voted for Sec. Clinton over President Trump by nearly 10 points.
Marty Nothstein (R-Lehigh)
The Republican candidate for the 7th Congressional District raised $220,000 during the 2Q, while Susan Wild brought in over $810,000. Nothstein’s campaign touted the amount they raised during this period from people living inside the district, a shot at Wild’s campaign who received nearly $250,000 during that period from the House Victory Project, a major Democratic donor fundraising committee based in New York.
Scott Perry (R-York)
Another race to watch? Incumbent GOP Rep. Scott Perry was outraised by Democratic challenger George Scott (D-York). His opponent’s campaign brought in over $240,000, while Perry brought in over $185,000. Perry does hold a cash on hand advantage with over $550,000 compared to Scott’s $207,000. The district voted for President Trump by almost 10 points, but polling has indicated it is a competitive race.