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Vinsko Nearly Matches Barletta for Q3

By Brittany Hundzynski, Contributing Writer

Republican Rep. Lou Barletta holds a significant financial advantage over Democrat William Vinsko Jr, in the the race for the 11th congressional district. But in the third quarter, Vinsko racked in the cash and nearly equaled Barletta’s haul.

Barletta raised $100,192 during the third quarter and has just over $221,000 cash on hand.

It’s a decline for the former Hazleton Mayor, who was named to the list of Top 10 Fundraising Flops by the National Journal:

“Republicans view Barletta as one of their most vulnerable members, and put him on the Patriot Program, designed to help at-risk members raise money. It didn’t help Barletta at all. He raised less money than any other member on the program, barely cracking six figures. And it was a huge drop off from last quarter, when he raised $276,000. Barletta may be getting a more favorable district when the new line are drawn in PA.”

Though Barletta’s lackluster fundraising is notable, it bears mention that he has spent much of the last three months dealing with the flooding crisis, which left less time than usual for his fundraising.

Campaign Manager Lance Stange said the campaign was pleased with the outcome.

“I am happy to report that the campaign had another successful fundrasing quarter. It should be clear to all that Rep. Lou Barletta’s campaign will have all the resources necessary to communicate how he is protecting jobs, restoring fiscal discipline, and fighting to stop illegal immigration to the people of the 11th district.”

Vinsko, a Wilkes-Barre attooney, took in $84,972 in the third quarter – the first of his campaign. $80,144 came from individual contributions.

According to Politico, Vinsko is among the top Democratic challengers in the country. His filing outpaced that of neighboring Rep. Tom Marino, who brought in about $81,000 over the past three months.

“In this economy, to have overwhelming support from inside the District from actual voters is extremely encouraging, and will send a message to Washington that we have to immediately move away from partisan agendas and get things done for the people. We will be ready to fully compete in the Primary and General Elections in 2012,” Vinkso said in a release.

Barletta represents among the most Democratic-leaning districts of any Republican in Congress. Although redistricting will likely yield a slightly more conservative district for Barletta in 2012, his is likely to be one of the most competitive re-election efforts in the country.

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