State Senate Candidates Spend $18M In Quest For Seats

Dollar bills

Over $18 million.

The candidates for state Senate in the 2022 election spent a combined $18.1 million during the campaign in their quest to be seated in Harrisburg.

The numbers were compiled from the Department of State’s Campaign Finance Online Reporting portal, using Cycle 9 or 30-day post-election figures.

Four candidates topped the $1 million mark during 2022 with three finishing on top of their races.

Republican Frank Farry won his Bucks County 6th District race against Democratic challenger Ann Marie Mitchell, raising $1,773 million and spending $2 million in the process. Mitchell spent $466,000.

Fellow GOP member Tracy Pennycuick raised $1.66 million and spent $1.65M in winning her 24th District contest in Berks and Montgomery counties against Jill Dennin, who spent nearly $508,000.

Both those combined total pale in comparison to the 38th District race between Democrat Lindsey Williams and Republican Lori Mizgorski. The duo spent a combined $2,561 million in their quest to secure the seat in the city of Pittsburgh and other parts of Allegheny County. Williams spent $1.43 million in winning the contest, while Mizgorski spent $1.13 million.

Republican Rosemary Brown was the other Senate candidate to raise more than $1M and captured the 40th District matchup in Lackawanna, Monroe and Wayne counties with Democrat Jennifer Shukaitis. She spent just shy of $1 million.

Funds Raised

  1. Frank Farry (R-6), $1,773,781
  2. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), $1,665,374.33
  3. Lindsey Williams (D-38), $1,322,669.76
  4. Lori Mizgorski (R-38), $1,142,532.50
  5. Rosemary Brown (R-40), $1,010,629.24
  6. Steve Santarsiero (D-10), $889,951.06
  7. Nick Miller (D-14), $860,853.87
  8. Katie Muth (D-44), $791,397.53
  9. Greg Rothman (R-34), $674,599.75
  10. Ryan Aument (R-36), $543,634.12

 

Expenditures

  1. Frank Farry (R-6), $2,006,382.61
  2. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), $1,652,493.25
  3. Lindsey Williams (D-38), $1,433,791.53
  4. Lori Mizgorski (R-38), $1,128,441,60
  5. Rosemary Brown (R-40), $981,169.56
  6. Katie Muth (D-44), $909,805.30
  7. Greg Rothman (R-34), $894,647.33
  8. Nick Miller (D-14), $829,590.09
  9. Steve Santarsiero (D-10), $727,409.05
  10. Ryan Aument (R-36), $653,402.74

 

Expense per Vote

  1. Frank Farry (R-6), $29.77
  2. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24), $26.27
  3. Lindsey Williams (D-38), $20.24
  4. Lori Mizgorski (R-38), $20.10
  5. Rosemary Brown (R-40), $18.24
  6. Nick Miller (D-14), $17.86
  7. Katie Muth (D-44), $12.85
  8. Greg Rothman (R-34), $12.05
  9. Dean Browning (R-14), $11.07
  10. Tina Tartaglione (D-2), $10.78

 

italics indicates did not win

* indicates candidate’s Cycle 9 report was not available on Department of State “Campaign Finance Online Filing” website. McCullough and Phillips-Hill totals use Cycle 5 reporting numbers.

3 Responses

  1. There are a lot of parties feeding at the political campaign table. Political consultants, the media through ad buys which in a highly competitive news world is important income as well as campaign managers and so on. These are valid ways to earn an income. Society has to make a decision which is do you want to vastly limit spending on campaigns and have public funding? Do you want to ask the taxpayers to come up with more money to fund campaigns ie public financing? With the US Supreme Court saying a corporation is a person in terms of campaign fundraising the direction is cast in stone.

  2. Buying an election is getting way too expensive. Maybe PA should go to publicly financed elections?

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