Kelly enjoys big fundraising lead
October 24, 2012
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly’s already wide fundraising lead over 3rd Congressional District rival Missa Eaton widened in the quarter that ended Sept. 30, Federal Election Commission records show. Kelly, a first-term Republican from Butler, reported raising $239,845 from July 1 to Sept. 30, running his total for the election cycle above the $1 million mark. And to begin his final push to the Nov. 6 election, Kelly had $304,572 ready to spend in his campaign coffers. Eaton of Sharon, a political novice and a Democrat, reported contributions of $79,125 for the third quarter. In all, she’s raised $209,991. She reported $16,923 in cash on hand for the final weeks of the campaign. Kelly’s available war chest at the end of September was 18 times that of Eaton’s. Both candidates’ fundraising totals were released this past week, the deadline for quarterly campaign reports to be filed. Kelly is running for a second two-year term in the newly drawn 3rd district, which includes all of Butler, Armstrong and Mercer counties, all of Crawford County, except Titusville, and parts of Clarion, Erie and Lawrence counties. Of Kelly’s contributions during his re-election campaign, 52 percent have come from individuals and 48 percent from political action committees. Slightly more than two-thirds of Eaton’s contributions have come from individuals and the others from PACs. The reports showed Kelly, a car dealer, spent $324,411 during the third quarter, or nearly four times the $83,683 spent by Eaton, a Penn State professor. Among the spending noted in Kelly’s campaign committee report for the recent quarter was $150,000 earmarked to the Republican Federal Committee of Pennsylvania. Additionally, the Kelly campaign paid $20,000 to the Harrisburg campaign management consulting firm Long Nyquist Consulting. Other spending was $18,108 to the Bellwether Consulting Group, a GOP fund-raising firm in Washington, and $14,773 to the SCP Group of Sharon for fundraising items such as memos, mailers, cards and invitations. Eaton’s campaign committee spending for the latest reporting period included $17,250 to Third Branch of Centre Hall, Pa., for fundraising services, and $8,500 to Fleck Consulting of Allentown. For the election cycle, the incumbent and challenger have spent $879,777 and $193,089, respectively. Erie County’s Steven Porter, who is waging an independent candidacy in the 3rd District, did not raise or spend enough money to require an FEC report.