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 July 1, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022.
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 were on the ballot for in 2022, if applicable.
In the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:
- Melissa Cerrato (District 151) – $1,086,078
- Arvind Venkat (District 30) – $1,073,626
- Matthew Bradford (District 70) – $897,975
- Joanna McClinton (District 191) – $842,865
- Mark Moffa (District 142) – $753,863
In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:
- Parke Wentling (District 7) – $921,768
- Joseph Hogan (District 142) – $781,722
- Cindy Kirk (District 30) – $777,381
- Todd Stephens (District 151) – $733,983
- Christopher Quinn (District 168) – $730,648
Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $17.5 million in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $16.8 million. Combined, all House fundraisers in the July 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022, filing period raised $34.4 million.
The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 27 percent of all Democratic House fundraising. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 23 percent of all Republican House fundraising.
The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top 10 fundraisers during this period.
|TOP 10 FUNDRAISERS – PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (July 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022)|
|Melissa Cerrato||Democratic Party||$1,086,078||$410,188|
|Arvind Venkat||Democratic Party||$1,073,626||$1,268,885|
|Parke Wentling||Republican Party||$921,768||$301,207|
|Matthew Bradford||Democratic Party||$897,975||$965,198|
|Joanna McClinton||Democratic Party||$842,865||$1,235,056|
|Joseph Hogan||Republican Party||$781,722||$140,112|
|Cindy Kirk||Republican Party||$777,381||$210,908|
|Mark Moffa||Democratic Party||$753,863||$380,619|
|Todd Stephens||Republican Party||$733,983||$884,404|
|Christopher Quinn||Republican Party||$730,648||$469,612|
Campaign finance reporting periods
The data above are based on campaign finance reports that candidate committees submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of State. Candidate committees 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 committees. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines.
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