Rep. Scott Perry talking to reporters at the Capitol Sept. 19, 2023 (Jennifer Shutt/ States Newsroom)
U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R-10th District) outraised the crowded field of Democrats seeking to unseat him in the final quarter of 2023, but the York County Republican appears to have spent more than any incumbent in Pennsylvania.
Perry’s campaign raised just over $400,000 from the beginning of October to the end of December, but spent a little more than $395,000, campaign finance records show. He entered January with $547,000 cash on hand, which is less than this point in the previous cycle. In January 2022, his campaign had $755,000 on hand.
As it did in the previous quarter, Perry’s campaign spent $75,000 on legal counsel the past three months. Last month, Perry was ordered to disclose records from his personal cell phone to the special counsel investigating his role in former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
Perry’s fourth quarter haul is higher than the previous quarter when he raised just under $345,000, but less than Q2 and Q1 when he raised just under $415,000. His campaign has raised $1.58 million in the 2024 election cycle so far.
Perry has a primary challenger for the Republican Party nomination: John Henry Newman, a former professor, joined the race in January, so he has yet to file a campaign finance report.
Eight Democrats who attended the first candidates forum in January are seeking the party nomination to face Perry in November.
Janelle Stelson, a former anchor at WGAL-TV, raised more than any other Democrat in Q4. Her campaign raised just under $285,000, while spending slightly less than $145,000. Her campaign entered January with $140,000 on hand.
However, Mike O’Brien, a Marine Corps veteran, has raised more than any other Democrat since joining the race and has the most cash on hand. His campaign raised $260,000 in Q4, but a total of just under $415,000 since he entered the race just after Labor Day. O’Brien’s campaign spent $210,000 from the beginning of October to the end of December and entered January with $186,000 on hand.
The third-highest fundraising total among Democrats in the 10th District contest was from Blake Lynch, a former WITF-FM executive. He raised just under $55,000 in Q4, but he did not enter the race until late October. His campaign has $22,000 on hand entering January.
Harrisburg City Councilor Shamaine Daniels, who lost to Perry by 7 points in 2022, raised slightly less than $15,000 in Q4 and entered January with just under $3,000 on hand. Rick Coplen, a retired Army officer, also raised just under $15,000, which includes a $1,500 loan he gave to his own campaign. He had $8,000 on hand entering January.
The remaining candidates, Bob Forbes, a retired Army sergeant and educator in the Harrisburg School District, and William Lillich, a disabled veteran and former truck driver, did not have campaign finance reports online as of Wednesday evening.
The race against Perry is a top priority for national Democrats. In April 2023, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee placed Perry on its 2024 initial target list.
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