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Scott Wallace Drops $2M in PA-01 Dem Primary

Several outside groups are spending in the PA-07 Democratic primary.

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Ally Mutnick and Drew Gerber
May 4, 2018, 11:21 a.m.

Pre-primary reports, covering April 1-25, were due Thursday ahead of the May 15 Pennsylvania primaries. Some of the highlights: philanthropist Scott Wallace (D) dropped $2 million for his primary battle with Navy veteran Rachel Reddick (D) to face Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-01). In the vacant PA-05 race, former federal prosecutor Ashley Lunkenheimer (D) and former Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board member Mary Gay Scanlon (D) both spent more than $300,000 — though former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Rich Lazer (D) ended with more in the bank. In PA-07, where Rep. Charlie Dent (R) is retiring, former Allentown Solicitor Susan Wild (D) was the only Democrat to spend six figures. And in the open PA-14 seat, state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R) outraised and outspent state Rep. Rick Saccone (R). (Hotline reporting)

More detailed reports on open seats and districts with competitive primaries:

PA-01: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R) - $19,000 raised; $115,000 spent; $1.3 million CoH. (FEC)
Scott Wallace - $1.65 million raised, including a $1.6 million loan; $2 million spent; $322,000 CoH. (FEC)
Rachel Reddick - $56,000 raised; $141,000 spent; $49,000 CoH. (FEC)

PA-04: State Rep. Madeleine Dean (D) -$53,000 raised; $63,000 spent; $376,000 CoH. (FEC)
Gun-control advocate Shira Goodman (D) - $78,000 raised; $129,000 spent; $84,000 CoH. (FEC)
Former Rep. Joe Hoeffel (D) - $22,000 raised; $30,000 spent; $12,000 CoH. (FEC)

PA-05: Ashley Lunkenheimer - $75,000 raised; $319,000 spent; $63,000 CoH. (FEC)
Mary Gay Scanlon - $104,000 raised; $340,000 spent; $93,000 CoH. (FEC)
Scientist Molly Sheehan (D) - $5,000 raised; $18,000 spent; $169,000 CoH. (FEC)
Rich Lazer - $113,000 raised; $115,000 spent; $135,000 CoH. (FEC)
State Rep. Margo Davidson (D) - $7,000 raised; $9,000 spent; $19,000 CoH. (FEC)

PA-06: Air Force veteran Chrissy Houlahan (D) - did not file by publication
Attorney Greg McCauley (R) - $50,000 raised, including a $50,000 personal loan; $0 spent; $54,000 CoH. (FEC)

PA-07: North Hampton District Attorney John Morganelli (D) - $14,000 raised; $91,000 spent; $115,000 CoH. (FEC)
Former Allentown solicitor Susan Wild (D) - $60,000 raised, including a $10,000 personal loan; $113,000 spent; $52,000 CoH. (FEC)
Pastor Greg Edwards (D) - $31,000 raised; $81,000 spent; $186,000 CoH. (FEC)
State Rep. Greg Vitali (D) - $28,000 raised; $45,000 spent; $30,000 CoH. (FEC)
Former Olympic cyclist Marty Nothstein (R) - $16,000 raised; $127,000 spent; $121,000 CoH. (FEC)
Former Lehigh County Commissioner Dean Browning (R) - did not file by publication.

PA-09: Former state Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser (R) - $20,000 raised; $453,000 spent; $86,000 CoH. (FEC)
Retired CIA officer Scott Uehlinger (R) - $18,000 raised; $6,000 spent; $16,000 CoH. (FEC)
Former state Agriculture Secretary Denny Wolff (D) - $16,000 raised; $12,000 spent; $185,000 CoH. (FEC)

PA-13: State Rep. Stephen Bloom (R) - $34,000 raised; $200,000 spent; $29,000 CoH. (FEC)
Dermatologist John Joyce (R) - $382,000 raised, including a $346,000 personal loan; $326,000 spent; $193,000 CoH. (FEC)
2016 challenger Art Halvorson (R) - $7,000 raised; $1,000 spent; $102,000 CoH. (FEC)

PA-14: Rick Saccone - $13,000 raised; $89,000 spent; $150,000 CoH, for a period ranging from April 3-25. (FEC)
Guy Reschenthaler - $76,000 raised; $108,000 spent; $44,000 CoH, for a period ranging from April 3-25. (FEC)

OUTSIDE SPENDING IN PA-07: “A six-way Democratic primary for a Pennsylvania congressional district is about to become a battle of the super PACs, with a mysterious ‘centrist’ organization attacking two of the candidates and billionaire Tom Steyer going in to beat” Morganelli. “Morganelli’s immigration stance, which has long put him at odds with his party, has been a heated topic in the primary. In a 2014 speech to a local tea party group, Morganelli bemoaned how ‘the Democratic Party, that I’ve been a member of since I could vote, has become the de facto party for illegal immigration.’ After the 2016 election, Morganelli tweeted at President-elect Trump to suggest himself for an appointment, and noted that he’d worked with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, then considered to be a candidate to run the Department Homeland Security.”

“But Pennsylvania Democrats have grown increasingly nervous about the potential for a Morganelli upset, after United Together, an affiliate of the centrist organization No Labels, began spending against his top rivals.” And starting last week “supporters of both Edwards and Wild reported receiving direct mail attacking their candidacies, paid for by United Together. In one mailer, the PAC attacked Edwards for paying family members with proceeds from a charity.” (Washington Post)

PA-10 ENDORSEMENT: EMILY’s List endorsed former congressional aide Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson’s (D) bid against Rep. Scott Perry (R). “Growing up in a foster house before going to live with her grandparents in York, Shavonnia has deep roots in this community. She was the first in her family to attend college and is driven to put her knowledge to use to serve Pennsylvanians in Congress,” the group’s president Stephanie Schriock said in a statement. (release)

PA-14 AD WARS: State Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R) is out with a new ad hitting state Rep. Rick Saccone (R) for losing “a safe Republican seat” in the PA-18 special election in March and accuses him of backing the largest tax hikes in state history. “Even President Trump called Saccone ‘weak,’” a narrator says in the spot. (NBC News)

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