Q4: Congressional Breakdown

money2016, and its various elections, are finally here.

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

The fourth quarter runs from October 1st, 2015 to December 31st, 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: $28,827

Spent: $50,619

COH: $599,508

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/715/201601289004663715/201601289004663715.pdf

The influential Philly Congressman has plenty of cash to spread around to his fellow Democrats.


Rep. Chaka Fattah-D+38-1995

Raised: $14,720

Spent: $9,654

COH: $7,673

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/468/201601319005281468/201601319005281468.pdf

Given these numbers, perhaps Fattah should be focused on his own legal defense instead of re-election.

Dwight Evans

Raised: $359,479

Spent: $56,467

COH: $303,012

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/167/201601319005049167/201601319005049167.pdf

An impressive report from the front-runner, especially given that he only entered the race in November.

Brian Gordon

Raised: $26,325

Spent: $28,366

COH: 16,169

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/581/201601319004998581/201601319004998581.pdf

The Lower Merion Township Commissioner is doing his best, but congressional fundraising is a cruel marathon.

Daniel Muroff

Raised: $95,249

Spent: $50,995

COH: $208,569

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/042/201601319005049042/201601319005049042.pdf

Muroff continues to do well, but this might just be too tall a mountain to climb.

Brian Sims

Raised: $230,420

Spent: $49,100

COH: $181,320

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/706/201601299004764706/201601299004764706.pdf

Sims has proved he can raise money, but winning this contest will be a much tougher test.


Rep. Mike Kelly-R+8-2011

Raised: $256,416

Spent: $167,024

COH: $615,723

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/720/201601289004664720/201601289004664720.pdf

Given Rep. Kelly’s district and his consistent fundraising, he shouldn’t have any problems on his road to re-election.


Rep. Scott Perry-R+9-2013

Raised: $105,144

Spent: $39,980

COH: $268,475

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/559/201601319005200559/201601319005200559.pdf

Rep. Perry is another incumbent with little to worry about.


Rep. Glenn Thompson-R+8-2009

Raised: $130,917

Spent: $135,416

COH: $376,904

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/827/201601319005198827/201601319005198827.pdf

Rep. Thompson is raising enough to keep any possible challengers at bay.

Kerith Strano Taylor

Raised: $9,150

Spent: $24,715

COH: $10,031

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/440/201601199004522440/201601199004522440.pdf

Taylor wants to be a serious challenger, but she’ll need a lot more cash for that to happen.


Rep. Ryan Costello-R+2-2015

Raised: $210,279

Spent: $88,030

COH: $861,492

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/738/201601319004962738/201601319004962738.pdf

This was the freshman Congressman’s smallest haul of 2015 but his cash on hand total shows he’s still in the driver’s seat.

Lindy Li

Raised: $144,110

Spent: $5,000

COH: $389,254

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/713/201602019005298713/201602019005298713.pdf

The 25 year-old, who was originally running in the PA-7 race, has a good COH number.

Mike Parrish

Raised: $39,794

Spent: $38,528

COH: $27,711

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/180/201601319005287180/201601319005287180.pdf

Those totals aren’t going to cut it in a competitive race.

Note: You can check out our in-depth comparison here.


Rep. Pat Meehan-R+2-2011

Raised: $318,810

Spent: $200,184

COH: $2,200,199

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/180/201601309004952180/201601309004952180.pdf

Democrats desperately want this to be a competitive district like PA-6 and PA-8. As long as Meehan keeps raking in the cash at this rate, though, their odds of success look dim.

Mary Ellen Balchunis

Raised: $11,108

Spent: $9,639

COH: $10,005

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/944/201601319004965944/201601319004965944.pdf

Balchunis really does seem to have a lot of fans among the local party faithful. Which makes it so hard to understand why her fundraising totals are so consistently poor.

Bill Golderer

Raised: $256,782

Spent: $22,364

COH: $234,418

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/764/201601199004525764/201601199004525764.pdf

Great numbers for Golderer, especially considering he only got into the race last November.

Note: We also took an in-depth look at this race as well.


Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick-R+1-2011

Raised: $356

Spent: $37,092

COH: $1,035,640

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/211/201601299004908211/201601299004908211.pdf

Last quarter we asked who would get the $1 million-plus the retiring Congressman has in his warchest. That answer now seems obvious.

Shaughnessy Naughton

Raised: $320,119

Spent: $126,586

COH: $634,986

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/287/201601319005012287/201601319005012287.pdf

Naughton has been running for this seat since 2013 and this was her best fundraising quarter yet.

Steve Santarsiero

Raised: $200,650

Spent: $101,697

COH: $422,486

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/641/201601319005057641/201601319005057641.pdf

The State Rep. trails Naughton in the money race but he’s close enough that, with his party support, this remains a tight race. You can check out our full fundraising breakdown of the Democratic primary here.

Note: Brian Fitzpatrick jumped into the race after the deadline passed. Scott Petri dropped out afterward. The reports for Republican candidates Dean Malik and Andrew Warren weren’t posted at the time of publication.


Rep. Bill Shuster-R+14-2001

Raised: $388,290

Spent: $326,278

COH: $1,374,354

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/030/201601299004894030/201601299004894030.pdf

With this amount of cash, the Congressman should be able to hold off a challenge from his right, although nothing is ever guaranteed.

Art Halvorson

Raised: $7,680

Spent: $5,067

COH: $40,106

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/598/201601189004512598/201601189004512598.pdf

Halvorson will have to pick up his game if he wants to unseat Rep. Shuster in the GOP primary.


Rep. Tom Marino-R+12-2011

Raised: $128,854

Spent: $82,048

COH: $323,761

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/214/201601319004997214/201601319004997214.pdf

Once again, these aren’t incredible numbers but with his district he doesn’t need incredible numbers.


Rep. Lou Barletta-R+6-2011

Raised: $121,073

Spent: $94,978

COH: $249,839

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/205/201601319004977205/201601319004977205.pdf

Much like Rep. Marino, Congressman Barletta isn’t blowing anyone away with his totals but it is very difficult to imagine anyone posing a serious threat to him.

Mike Marsicano

Raised: $0

Spent: $4,575

COH: $96,014

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/867/201601119004446867/201601119004446867.pdf

Marsicano hasn’t raised any money so far besides $116,000 loans from himself.


Rep. Keith Rothfus-R+9-2013

Raised: $275,180

Spent: $73,867

COH: $1,059,679

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/307/201601289004680307/201601289004680307.pdf

With that much cash on hand, Rep. Rothfus should be able to hold off his Democratic challengers.

Steve Larchuk

Raised: $145,181

Spent: $48,837

COH: $122,201

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/811/201601069004436811/201601069004436811.pdf

A good haul for a Democrat in a GOP area.

Erin McClelland

Raised: $43,449

Spent: $17,415

COH: $58,376

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/759/201601319005234759/201601319005234759.pdf

If the 2014 nominee wants to be the 2016 nominee, she’ll need to narrow the gap with Larchuk.


Rep. Brendan Boyle-D+13-2015

Raised: $180,422

Spent: $97,005

COH: $689,969

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/631/201601319005013631/201601319005013631.pdf

Boyle may be a freshman but his district and war-chest virtually ensure he’ll be around for years to come.


Rep. Michael Doyle-D+15-1995

Raised: $169,477

Spent: $95,745

COH: $259,571

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/950/201601309004954950/201601309004954950.pdf

An OK report helped out by incumbency and a favorable PVI rating.


Rep. Charlie Dent-R+2-2005

Raised: $225,630

Spent: $118,184

COH: $1,237,521

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/538/201601249004578538/201601249004578538.pdf

Dent has become quite the outspoken moderate, but with that much cash on hand no primary challenger would have a chance.


Rep. Joe Pitts-R+4-1997

Raised: $43,000

Spent: $105,589

COH: $119,127

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/158/201601229004569158/201601229004569158.pdf

Congressman Pitts announced in November that he’ll be retiring at the end of his term and won’t run for re-election this year.

Christina Hartman

Raised: $80,179

Spent: $29,793

COH: $86,533

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/887/201601319005010887/201601319005010887.pdf

Hartman is improving but she’ll need to do better to win the Democratic nomination.

Lloyd Smucker

Raised: $114,600

Spent: $0

COH: $114,600

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/624/201601299004765624/201601299004765624.pdf

The State Senator jumped into the race after Rep. Pitts revealed he is retiring and so far he’s off to a good start.

Note: Gary Wegman stated that he would run in the Democratic primary but no FEC paperwork has been filed as of publication.


Rep. Matt Cartwright-D+4-2013

Raised: $110,910

Spent: $77,133

COH: $650,812

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/474/201601319004992474/201601319004992474.pdf

Rep. Cartwright won’t make any headlines with a fundraising performance like this, but he will maintain his seat.


Rep. Tim Murphy-R+10-2003

Raised: $149,332

Spent: $171,429

COH: $1,080,043

Link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/792/201601319005008792/201601319005008792.pdf

Solid numbers from someone facing no real danger.

10 Responses

  1. Pa’s 5th and 10th Dis. Could use conservatives that don’t support the TPP that create’s a International Regional Government that has authority to make laws over the USA with a majority of the 12 countries. It gives away our Independence and Sovereignty to the Tran Pacific Partnership.

  2. bobguzzardi-

    This isn’t the “Year of the Outsider”.

    This is a year when a lot of outsiders bullshit their way close to a nomination before collapsing under the scrutiny of their half-baked ideas. Look at how Carson collapsed when asked foreign policy questions (or claimed the pyramids where grain silos).

    The “outsiders” can get away with a little more than usual, due to the rise of the “know nothings” who deny basic science and economics.

    At the end of the day, people aren’t going to hire an electrician to fix their plumbing.

  3. LLoyd Smucker may need more money than what he has. There is a competitive primary with a consistent conservative. Establishment Lloyd Smucker’s liberal record will be a liability in the Year of the Outsider, particularly, when Open Borders is an issue.

  4. In the year of the Outsider, Pat Meehan may need to spend his millions.

    Dave Diano makes a good point about gerrymandering but it is what it is and it seems we will have to live with it for a long time.

  5. Glenn Thompson in the 5th has a Democratic challenger – Kerith Strano Taylor – there are Democrats up there, you know. She is raising money too – it could be more, but it’s a tough district. Please make a correction.

  6. So, pretty much no seat is in any credible danger of switching parties. Gerrymandering works (for everyone except the actual voters).

  7. @PoliticsPa

    There is a Democratic challenger in Dist. 18. Robert Bennett. Why is he not even mentioned? I do understand there is no FEC report but that’s not the point.

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