Campaign finance requirements govern how much money candidates may receive from individuals and organizations, how often they must report those contributions, and how much individuals, organizations, and political entities may contribute to campaigns.
While campaign finance is not the only factor in electoral outcomes, successful fundraising can provide a candidate with advantages during a campaign. Fundraising can also indicate party momentum.
This article lists top fundraisers in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for the House submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of State. It includes activity between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021.
Top fundraisers in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by party
The top fundraisers in Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections are shown below. Individuals are presented with the office that they are on the ballot for in 2022, if applicable.
In the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers were:
- Kevin Boyle – $975,525
- Matthew Bradford – $957,046
- Brian Sims – $684,444
- Joanna McClinton – $564,189
- Malcolm Kenyatta – $260,096
In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers were:
- Bryan Cutler – $457,816
- Greg Rothman – $388,370
- Thomas Mehaffie (District 106) – $366,250
- Stanley Saylor – $328,638
- Andrew Lewis – $247,050
Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $6.82 million in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $4.90 million. Combined, all House fundraisers in the January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, filing period raised $11.73 million.
The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 50 percent of all Democratic House fundraising. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 36 percent of all Republican House fundraising.
The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top ten fundraisers during this period.
TOP TEN FUNDRAISERS – PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021)
|Kevin Boyle||Democratic Party||$975,525||$262,423|
|Matthew Bradford||Democratic Party||$957,046||$680,164|
|Brian Sims||Democratic Party||$684,444||$347,055|
|Joanna McClinton||Democratic Party||$564,189||$240,851|
|Bryan Cutler||Republican Party||$457,816||$569,912|
|Greg Rothman||Republican Party||$388,370||$124,536|
|Thomas Mehaffie||Republican Party||$366,250||$60,039|
|Stanley Saylor||Republican Party||$328,638||$299,465|
|Malcolm Kenyatta||Democratic Party||$260,096||$167,505|
|Andrew Lewis||Republican Party||$247,050||$119,711|
Campaign finance reporting periods
The data above are based on campaign finance reports that candidate PACs submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of State. Candidate PACs represent individuals who have run for state or local office at any point, including past and present officeholders. This article does not include non-candidate PACs. In 2022, Transparency USA will publish campaign finance data after the following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.
|Report Name||Report Due Date|
|2021 Annual (C7)||1/31/2022|
|2022 Pre-Primary (C1)||3/17/2022|
|2022 Pre-Primary (C2)||5/9/2022|
|2022 Post-Primary (C3)||6/20/2022|
|2022 Pre-General (C4)||9/22/2022|
|2022 Pre-General (C5)||10/31/2022|
|2022 Post-General (C6)||12/12/2022|
|2022 Annual (C7)||2/1/2023|
This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.