Republican Tom Smith continues to lead the money race over incumbent US Sen. Bob Casey in the latest round of reports to the Federal Election Commission. Borys Krawczeniuk at the Scranton Times-Tribune has the details:
Mr. Smith raised $700,269 between Oct. 1 and 17, bringing his total take for the campaign to more than $20.3 million, almost $16.5 million of that his own money. He had $2.93 million left.
Mr. Casey raised $447,646, meaning he has raised almost $12.7 million, almost all of it from contributors. He had almost $2.22 million left.
In the big race locally in PA12 Republican challenger Keith Rothfus also pulled in more money through the first part of the month, though incumbent Democrat Mark Critz ended the period with more cash.
Rothfus raised $172,316; spent $192,301; and ended the period with $146,075 in cash.
Rothfus is further aided by having twice as much outside air cover as the Democrat, making attacks that he doesn't have to pay for.