What we learned from our first look at fundraising in Pennsylvania’s top Senate and House races – The Philadelphia Inquirer | Region & Cash

Republican Mehmet Oz is well behind Democratic opponent John Fetterman in fundraising, according to the first reports released since the two became their parties’ Senate nominees.

Fetterman raised $11 million over the past three months, while Oz raised $3.8 million, more than half of it money he loaned to his campaign. The race is only a third down and Super PAC and national party funds are expected to pour in. But the reports reveal an early rift between Fetterman and Oz and a glimpse into both campaigns’ fundraising machines.

Retired Senator Pat Toomey’s race for the seat is likely to be one of the most expensive in the country, as it could determine which party controls the chamber. But Pennsylvania also has at least five close home races, which could alter the make-up of the state’s congressional delegation. We also break down what the money looks like in these competitions here.

Oz, who paid for almost everything His main campaign from his own vast fortune, which contributed $12 million, reported that he had raised just $3.8 million in April, May and June. That includes a $2.2 million loan he gave to his campaign.

He ended the quarter with just $1.1 million in cash.

Oz had a small delay in raising funds because the GOP primary was too close to call for two and a half weeks, triggering a recount.

Still, the low reach offers a glimpse of why Oz hasn’t been on TV since winning the nomination, and raises questions about his campaign’s ability to raise funds, given that it’s largely relied on the nominee to fund the race so far .

“Just like in the primary, the campaign will be run by Dr. Oz have ample resources to get their message out,” said campaign spokeswoman Brittany Yanick.

While Fetterman’s small-funding machine set records for Senate fundraising in one quarter, both parties’ national arms and issue groups are likely to fill the airwaves with ads on behalf of their chosen candidates. American Leadership Action, a Super PAC supporting Oz, reported raising and spending approximately $4.5 million this year, including a $1 million donation from former President Donald Trump’s Save America PAC . The group only had $300,000 on hand when it last submitted, but because of how Super PACs work, they can quickly raise massive amounts of money, sometimes from a handful of donors.

Some of the people who have donated directly to Oz’s campaign include his former rival, David McCormick; several members of the Haslam family, who own the Cleveland Browns; Fox News contributor Liz Peek; and several members of Oz’s wife’s family, the Asplundhs. The family formed Asplundh Tree Expert Co. based in Willow Grove, one of the largest private companies in the state.

Although the lieutenant governor spent the first two months of the general election off the campaign trail recovering from a stroke, he raised $8.3 million between the primary and late June for his US Senate campaign.

In all, Fetterman raised $11 million in April, May and June, according to his campaign, the most in any three-month period for any US Senate candidate in Pennsylvania history. That total includes just over $10 million filed in Friday’s report and nearly $1 million filed in a preliminary report in April.

The fundraising quarter was Fetterman’s campaign at its best. However, he burns the cash quickly, spending most of the money raised and ending the quarter with $5.5 million in cash on hand (an increase from the $1.3 million he had at the start of April). ).

According to the campaign, Fetterman has received donations from more than 139,000 first-time donors since his nomination, which is about two-thirds of his donors last quarter. His average donation was about $30, a sign of a continuous donor machine at the grassroots level.

Honor Pennsylvania, the super PAC supporting McCormick’s unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination, spent $21.2 million, according to its report. Proceeds included donations from Rupert Murdoch and billionaire hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin, who provided nearly $9 million to the PAC.

In a rematch, US Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Democrat from northeastern Pennsylvania, meets Jim Bognet, the Republican whom he defeated by 4 percentage points in 2020.

Larry Sabato, a political forecaster at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, rates the district as a “toss-up” this fall. Cartwright represents a “crossover district” that won him in 2016 and 2020 while his constituents supported Trump.

Cartwright, who was first elected in 2012, raised $826,476 for the quarter and had $2,731,508 in the bank at the end of June.

Bognet, who served in Trump’s administration and received his approval before the primary, raised $516,476 and had $580,352 in the bank. He loaned his campaign $10,500 in March.

In another rematch, US Rep. Susan Wild is challenged by Lisa Scheller, the Republican she defeated by 4 percentage points in the 2020 Lehigh Valley District.

Sabato also rates this district as a toss-up.

Wild, who was first selected at the 2018 Midterms, raised $891,146 for the quarter and had $3,143,371 in the bank.

Scheller, the CEO of a company that makes pigments for paints, lent $610,000 to her campaign last year after providing similar loans for her 2020 campaign. She raised $414,704 for the quarter and had $1,190,663 in the bank.

In a third draw, Democrat Chris Deluzio and Republican Jeffrey Shaffer are vying for the vacant seat in western Pennsylvania’s 17th District currently held by US Rep. Conor Lamb, whose term expires in December and who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate .

Deluzio, an Iraq War veteran and attorney, raised $420,040 and had $348,089 in the bank.

Shaffer, who started a computer software company to manage infrastructure, raised $700,840 and had $937,388 in the bank. He has loaned his campaign $1 million, including $500,000 at the end of June.

US Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, the moderate Bucks County Republican whom progressives have long wanted to oust, has a significant financial advantage over his Democratic challenger, West Point grad and former Army helicopter pilot Ashley Ehasz.

Fitzpatrick raised $406,561 for the quarter and had $1,028,407 in the bank at the end of June. Ehasz raised $166,153 and had $146,972 in the bank

Ehasz hopes to “nationalize” the race by capitalizing on the attention and anger caused by the overthrow of the US Supreme Court Roe v. calf to draw contributions. She saw a surge in donations right after the decision and published a poll She shows Fitzpatrick 7 points down until abortion comes up in the conversation, giving her a 10 point lead.

Fitzpatrick, a former FBI agent now in his third term, also represents a crossover district and won as a Republican, while Hillary Clinton won the 2016 district and Joe Biden in 2020. Sabato rates the district as a “probable Republican” victory.

Sabato ranks US Rep. Chrissy Houlahan’s Chester County district as a “likely Democratic” victory. Houlahan, a Democratic and Air Force veteran who was first elected in the 2018 midterms, raised $679,461 for the quarter and had $5,570,248 in the bank. Her Republican challenger, Guy Ciarrocchi, netted $118,146 and had $193,568.

Ciarrocchi, the former CEO of the Chester County Chamber of Commerce and Industry, briefly ran for governor in last year’s crowded Republican primary, but dropped out to run for a seat in Congress.

Jonathan Tamari contributed to this article.

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