Smith Continuing to Out Fundraise Casey
The cash just keeps on flowing in for Senate GOP hopeful Tom Smith.
According to a report filed to the FEC, Smith raked in $700k from Oct 1-17, bringing his total raised to date up to $20.3 million.
Casey managed roughly $447k for the 16 day period, bringing his total for the campaign season up to $12.3 million.
“Tom Smith’s reform message is clearly motivating Pennsylvanians who have grown tired of a polarized, do-nothing Congress,” said Smith Campaign Manager Jim Conroy to The Times Tribune.
Smith’s strong influx of cash, both through donors and his checkbook, has contributed significantly to his resurgence in the PA Senate race. Smith has been able to get his name out through various television and radio advertisements released throughout the state.
Casey Campaign Manager Larry Smar says it’s Smith’s personal fortune, not the voters of Pennsylvania, that is keeping his Senate bid afloat.
“This is a guy who isn’t getting grassroots support in Pennsylvania,” Smar told The Times-Tribune. “We’ll have enough resources to get our message out. Obviously, we don’t have a personal fortune.”
It’s not just the candidate’s campaigns that are spending the dough either. Both GOP and Democratic PAC’s have lined up money in a narrowing Senate race. The two candidates also squared off in their first and only debate today.