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Perry’s latest finance report shows him outraising Democratic challengers, while also spending more than it raised

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John Cole, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
April 12, 2024

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R-10th District) continues to outraise the Democratic candidates running to challenge him, although his campaign spent more than it raised over the last three months. 

Perry’s campaign raised just over $490,000 from the beginning of January to April 3, but spent just under $525,000, campaign finance records show. As of last week, his campaign had just under $515,000 cash on hand, which is less than he had at this point in the previous cycle. On April 28, 2022, Perry’s campaign had just under $790,000 on hand.

Like previous quarters, Perry’s campaign continues to spend heavily on legal counsel. Over the last three months, Perry’s campaign spent just under $62,000. His campaign spent $75,000 on legal counsel in both Q4 and Q3

In December, Perry was ordered to disclose records from his personal cell phone to the special counsel investigating his role in former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Perry is the only Republican candidate who will be on the April 23 primary ballot for the 10th Congressional District, although six Democrats are attempting to unseat him. 

Mike O’Brien, a Marine Corps veteran, had the strongest quarter of the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination. His campaign raised just over $320,000 from the beginning of January to April 3, while spending just under $345,000. His campaign has raised just under $735,000 since entering the race, which is also more than any other Democrat in the race. O’Brien’s campaign had $165,000 on hand as of last week.

Janelle Stelson, a former anchor at WGAL-TV, raised just over $290,000 from the beginning of January to April 3, while spending just over $240,000. Her campaign has raised $577,000 since entering the race. As of last week, her campaign had just over $190,000 on hand, which is more than any other Democrat in PA-10 leading into the home stretch of the primary election.

There is a sizable drop-off in fundraising among the rest of the Democratic candidates seeking their party’s nomination. 

Blake Lynch, a former WITF-FM executive, raised just over $30,000 from the beginning of January to April 3, while spending $50,000. His campaign has raised just over $85,000 since entering the race in late October and had just over $3,500 on hand as of last week. 

Rick Coplen, a retired Army officer, raised $25,000 from the beginning of January to April 3 and spent just under $30,000 during that time period. His campaign has raised just under $90,000 since launching a bid for the seat. Coplen’s campaign had $5,000 cash on hand as of April 4.

Harrisburg City Councilor Shamaine Daniels, who lost to Perry by 7 points in 2022, raised just over $20,000 from the beginning of January to April 3, while spending just over $15,000. She’s raised just over $75,000 since entering the 2024 race and had just under $8,000 on hand as of last week.

John Broadhurst, a businessman, raised just over $10,000 over the last three months and spent $20,000. His campaign has raised just over $20,000 in the election cycle to date and had $67.01 on hand as of last week.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) named Perry to its initial 2024 target list, signaling the strong interest national Democrats have had in this race for the past year. 

National ratings outlets, like the Cook Political Report and Inside Elections, label the race in the 10th Congressional District as “leans Republican.” 

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