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DePasquale outpaced Perry in 3rd quarter fundraising

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
Democratic congressional candidate Eugene DePasquale, of North York borough, tours businesses in York City, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. Dawn J. Sagert photo

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale outraised U.S. Rep. Scott Perry by about $300,000 in the most recent fundraising quarter, but Perry still had more cash on hand as of the filing deadline, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

The third quarter reports, which covered the period from July 1 to Sept. 30, show DePasquale raised nearly 1.7 million compared with the Carroll Township Republican's roughly $1.3 million.

Both candidates in the race for Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District more than doubled their second quarter fundraising totals.

"This historic fundraising total is a clear sign that the residents of PA-10 are ready to make a change in their representative," said Kunal Atit, DePasquale's campaign spokesperson, in a text message. "On November 3rd, we look forward to showing Scott Perry the door.

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As it now stands, the Democrat's campaign has raised a total of $3.3 million during the entire election cycle, which for the first time puts him on top of the race in terms of fundraising.

Perry has raised $3.2 million. And the four-term incumbent benefited from two additional quarters of fundraising, as DePasquale's first filing didn't come until the third quarter of 2019.

Perry's campaign, though, argued fundraising numbers aren't what's most important in the FEC reports.

Instead, said campaign spokesperson Matt Beynon, the most telling statistic is that Perry's campaign has significantly more cash in its coffers heading into the final two weeks before the general election.

Perry had more than $1 million cash on hand at the close of the reporting period, a significantly higher amount than DePasquale, who closed the period with $569,676.

"Rather than wasting his money on fitness videos and bar promos, Congressman Perry has delivered his message of fighting for south central Pennsylvania values to the voters, and he is now in a dominant position with resources during this final month of the campaign," Beynon said in an email.

DePasquale's campaign significantly outspent Perry's in the third quarter, demonstrated through a slew of ad buys that have aired throughout the district.

The auditor general's congressional campaign spent $2.1 million in the most recent quarter, while Perry's spent $1.3 million.

The 10th Congressional District is expected to be one of the most competitive in the state. Multiple entities, including The Cook Political Report and Politico, have rated the race as a toss-up.

The general election is Nov. 3. 

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.