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DePasquale outraised Perry in third quarter, according to finance reports

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale talks with York County School of Technology students as part of his tour of the school Monday, May 6, 2019. DePasquale appeared at the school to highlight the impact technical education can have on workforce development. Bill Kalina photo

Democratic challenger Eugene DePasquale out-raised four-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Perry by more than $60,000 in the most recent quarter, according to campaign finance reports published Wednesday.

DePasquale, the state's auditor general, is the front-runner among Democrats looking to unseat Perry, R-Carroll Township, in 2020. 

DePasquale raised about $360,000 between July 1 and Sept. 30 and had more than $280,000 cash on hand, according to his October quarterly Federal Election Commission report. Perry raised just less than $300,000.

 “I am proud that together we reached a record-breaking fundraising haul without accepting any corporate PAC money,"  DePasquale said in a news release.

DePasquale is well-known throughout the state and the 10th Congressional District, which includes the northern half of York County, all of Dauphin County and part of Cumberland County. That prominence in Pennsylvania is reflected in the most recent quarterly data, as roughly 93% of his contributions came from within the state, according to his campaign.

Perry maintained an advantage with cash on hand, with roughly $500,000. And Brian Nutt, a spokesman for the Perry campaign, said the campaign was unphased by DePasquale's third-quarter fundraising.

"As Nancy Pelosi's hand-picked candidate, Eugene DePasquale is being funded by liberal donors and unions from across the country," Nutt said.

Congressman Scott Perry speaks during a town hall event at Hummelstown Fire Department in Dauphin County Tuesday, July 30, 2019. It was the first in-person town hall by Perry in over two years. Bill Kalina photo

Both candidates received a majority of money from individual donations.

Most of DePasquale's non-individual donors were largely made up of unions and PACs propping up liberal candidates.

Perry, on the other hand, received most of his non-individual funds from the House Freedom Fund, the campaign arm of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus. He also has received substantial funding from the Club for Growth, a conservative political action committee, and a variety of corporate PACs.

When it comes to spending, Perry shelled out $85,000 in the third quarter compared to DePasquale's $74,000.

Tom Brier, a Hershey-based author and attorney who is running against DePasquale in the primary, has raised more than $300,000 during the entire 2019-20 cycle. In the most recent quarter, he raised just more than $100,000.

Bobby Jeffries, who is challenging Perry in the GOP primary, had not yet filed a quarterly report as of deadline Wednesday.

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