Lee campaign has outraised Democratic opponents in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District

Summer Lee (D) has raised the most money in the Democratic primary for Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District, taking in $2.3 million since the start of the campaign cycle. 

Lee raised $919,565 in quarter one. Bhavini Patel (D) has raised the next most in the primary, with $602,122 since the start of the campaign and $290,812 in quarter one. The quarterly totals also include receipts captured in the pre-primary campaign finance report.

The primary will take place on April 23. Three candidates, including those who have dropped out, raised a combined $2.9 million through April 3.

In battlegrounds with incumbents running, Lee raised less than the average of $3.6 million. At this point in the 2022 election cycle, Lee raised $574,816, $1.7 million less than her current $2.3 million.  

Six candidates raised a combined $4.61 million running in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District in 2022, while five raised $1.79 million in 2020.

Below is how much each Democratic candidate has raised and spent so far during the 2023-2024 election cycle:

Looking at Lee and Patel alone: 

  • 1,797 individual donations were made to Lee’s campaign last quarter.
  • Of those 1,797, the largest share, 605 (34%), was between $100 and $499.
  • 437 individual donations were made to Patel’s campaign last quarter. 
  • Of those 437, the largest share, 218 (50%), was between $100 and $499. 


The next reporting deadline for congressional candidates is July 15, 2024. Those reports will cover the period of April 1-June 30, 2024. To learn more about this race, click below.