The campaign committees representing the three U.S. representatives serving Northeastern Pennsylvania each reported increased contributions from the year’s first quarter to the second.
The most dramatic increase was for the Lou Barletta for Congress Campaign Committee, which took in nearly twice the cash from April through June than it did the prior three months.
According to campaign filings to the Federal Election Commission, the committee serving the two-term congressman from Hazleton reported $228,118 in contributions from April 1 through June 30. The deadline for second-quarter congressional campaign committee reports to be filed was Monday.
From Jan. 1 through March 31, the campaign for the Republican who represents the state’s 11th Congressional District collected $116,984.
Of the $228,118 collected by the campaign during the most recent quarter, $94,874 came from political action committees, or PACs, while $133,244 came from individuals.
After expending $123,782 in the second quarter, the campaign was left with $161,536 cash on hand heading into the third quarter.
Barletta’s report also shows a partial loan repayment of $4,300 made to Barletta. That leaves $68,200 in outstanding personal loans Barletta made to this committee and $153,670 still owed to Barletta’s committee that served his campaign during previous failed runs for Congress.
Even with the strong second-quarter fundraising efforts, the total lagged behind freshman U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright’s campaign committee once more. After that committee raised $219,375 in the first quarter of the year, it topped that by $11,000 by taking in $230,118 the past three months. Of that, $64,650 came from PACs.
The campaign for Cartwright, D-Moosic, not only topped Barletta’s numbers but also that of fellow Northeast Pennsylvania Congressman Tom Marino’s campaign committee. Marino’s committee reported $118,053 in the second quarter.
Like Barletta and Cartwright’s campaign committees, that total reflects an increase from the first quarter of the year. The campaign for Marino, R-Lycoming Township, reported receiving $108,348 from Jan. 1 through March 31.
Marino’s committee had $171,184 in the bank as of July 1. Of the $118,053 received, $29,500 came from PACs while $89,054 came from individuals. Another $258 came from the “PA + 5 Committee,” a joint fundraising committee for multiple representatives from Pennsylvania.
Matthew Dietz, a Republican from Wind Gap, has created a campaign committee to possibly run against Cartwright in the 17th Congressional District. For the quarter, the Dietz campaign reported $7,215 in donations and spent $280, leaving $6,935 in the bank entering July.
There were no potential challengers who created campaign committees in the 11th or 10th congressional districts. But that doesn’t stop the Barletta and Marino campaigns from fundraising.
The campaign for U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, raised $200,000 and had $142,000 cash on hand as of July 1, according to the campaign spokesman. The complete report was not posted on the FEC website as of this edition’s deadline. Neither were the Pat Toomey for Senate filings. A request for numbers from that U.S. senator’s campaign was not provided by deadline.