Heading into the fall campaign season, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly has a big head start in the money race over his Democratic challenger.
The two-term Kelly has a 6-to-1 advantage over Dan LaVallee in the dash for campaign cash, according to the candidates’ most recent finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Kelly ended June with $689,403 in his war chest, compared to the $113,532 in LaVallee’s coffers, their second quarterly reports for the year showed.
The candidates, both from Butler County, were unopposed in the primary and not financially pinched en route to their party’s nomination in the Nov. 4 election.
Kelly has amassed $1.13 million in the 2013-14 election cycle. LaVallee, a political newcomer, raised just under $230,000 in the same time.
For the two-year election cycle, Kelly has spent $498,798, while the challenger has spent $116,000.
During the latest two-month reporting period that covers May 1 to June 30, the congressman’s campaign committee took in $204,475, compared to the $107,625 received by LaVallee’s committee.
For the same period, Kelly and LaVallee spent $60,464 and $45,942, respectively.
Kelly is from Butler, and LaVallee is from Cranberry Township.