Fitzpatrick Campaign Fundraising Outpaces Democratic Challenger By Wide Margin

Democratic Candidate Christina Finello and Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01).

Campaign fundraising numbers show Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick out-raised his Democratic opponent by nearly 50 percent in the most recent quarter.

The Fitzpatrick campaign announced Wednesday it raised $455,000 from early April through the end of June. His campaign has raised a total of $2.8 million and has $1.8 million in cash on hand.

The Republican lawmaker is seeking his third term representing Pennsylvania’s first congressional district.

In contrast, Democratic challenger Christina Finello’s campaign raised $310,000 in the same time. This was her stronger quarter yet, as Finello raised $90,000 from the start of the year through March.

Finello, an Ivyland Borough Councilwoman, is hoping to unseat Fitzpatrick in the November general election.

Fundraising played an integral part of the 2018 midterm election. Congressman Fitzpatrick and then-candidate Scott Wallace raised a combined $18 million.  It was the most expensive congressional race in the Commonwealth.

Campaign Reactions:

Fitzpatrick campaign spokeswoman Kate Constantini released a scathing statement of the Finello campaign’s efforts.

“Being ranked the #1 most bipartisan congressman in the entire nation with the highest score ever recorded in U.S. history, it isn’t surprising that both Congressman Fitzpatrick’s bipartisan fundraising numbers and his bipartisan endorsements dwarf the Finello campaign, who boasts virtually no endorsements and who is ‘celebrating’ a total cash on hand of a dismal roughly $300K in the expensive Philadelphia media market.”

Constantini also criticized polls from June which showed Fitzpatrick narrowly leading Finello. Both polls were sponsored by Democrats. At the time, Politics PA Managing Editor John Cole stated “the results should be taken with a grain of salt.”

“It’s one of many reasons why her campaign is peddling fake push-poll numbers in an attempt to become relevant,” said Constantini of Finello’s cash on hand. “What’s worse, she wasted no time breaking her word and telling a colossal lie to our community that she would not accept corporate PAC money, because she has done just that. She has already lost all credibility.”

Finello released a statement championing her second quarter numbers, according to PoliticsPA.

“We are so humbled by the faith our supporters have placed in me and this campaign,” said Christina Finello in a release. “Our broad network of grassroots supporters shows the growing momentum of this race and that voters in Bucks and Montgomery Counties are ready for a change. Families around here want a Representative in Congress who tells it to them straight and always votes in their best interests.”

In the same release, Finello stated she be “not accepting contributions from corporate political action committees.”

Additionally, while Finello’s overall numbers were lower than Fitzpatrick, her campaign states she raised $200,000 in June alone. This would indicate more donations came in after Finello defeated Skylar Hurwitz in the primary election.