Freshman Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper has more than $1 million on-hand -- or 10x the amount of cash of her GOP challenger -- to defend her 3rd District seat against Butler car dealer Mike Kelly.
In a second quarter report filed with the FEC today the Erie congresswoman showed $280,251 in contributions during the quarter and $86,000 in spending. Of the receipts, nearly $156,000 came from PACs. Dahlkemper has $40,000 in outstanding personal loans to her campaign, but none during the latest period.
Kelly reported $103,000 in cash in his 2Q report.
UPDATE: The Dahlkemper campaign released a statement (see it in full after the jump) saying the numbers show she is the "clear and convincing front runner" in the race:
In a sign that that this race isn't close at all, Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper reaffirmed her heightened position as the clear and convincing front-runner in Pennsylvania's 3rd District Congressional race. The Congresswoman did so by raising an imposing $1.6 million in campaign funds and outworking her opponent.
That impressive $1.6 million windfall that the Federal Election Commission confirmed Thursday demonstrates how successfully the Congresswoman and her campaign has connected with the 3rd District. This easily explains the $308,000 raised during the April 29 through June 30 filing period.
Congresswoman Dahlkemper is now flush with over $1 million in cash-on-hand, backed with wide and diverse support throughout the 3rd District that's pushing the campaign forward with steady, driving momentum heading toward the fall general election.
By contrast, Dahlkemper's Republican challenger, Butler car dealer Mike Kelly, reported raising $299,000, including incredibly only $49,500 by individual donors.
"At the same time, the Kelly campaign is relying on its candidate's own money, probably the cash-for-clunkers cash Mike Kelly accepted for what little financial support they can muster."
That point is amplified with these revealing numbers. Kelly has over just $100,000 in cash-on-hand funds. That includes a $75,000 loan by Kelly to his campaign on June 30, the day the FEC filing period ended. So far, Kelly has loaned his campaign $415,000. That means of the $547,000 Kelly has raised, $415,000 is his own money.