Judge Geoffrey Moulton leads the five judges with cash on hand (COH) with $113,441.67. Judge Maria McLaughlin is a close second with $99,281.03 COH. Judge Deborah Kunselman ended with $6,916.25, William Caye ended with $3,289.60, and Judge Carolyn Nichols had $2,412.18 COH.
Moulton and McLaughlin were the top fundraisers for the quarter, raising $113,441.67 and $99,281.03 respectively. Caye was the third best fundraising, bringing in $33,115. Nichols raised $26,365.00, and Kunselman came in last place, raising $8,100.
Money takes on more significance in judicial races, since name recognition is usually extremely low. The money can help candidates to hire organizers to go door to door, and for radio and TV ads closer to the election.
The laws concerning fundraising make it harder for campaigns to fundraise in traditional ways. In judicial elections, the candidate themself cannot ask for money directly.
Kunselman, McLaughlin, Moulton, and Nichols were endorsed by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. The candidates are running for four open seats on the Superior Court.