FEC reports: DePasquale holds in-state donor edge

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

Editor's note: This story has been updated to accurately reflect contributions to the candidates' campaigns. 

Individual donors are propelling both candidates in the state's 10th Congressional District race, although state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is leading in regards to in-state fundraising.

DePasquale and U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Carroll Township, in the third quarter of 2020 raised millions of dollars, by far this race's largest haul of the election cycle for both campaigns. 

The third quarter reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission show Democrat DePasquale raised nearly $1.7 million, while Perry's campaign raised roughly $1.3 million. Both campaigns more than doubled the previous quarter's numbers.

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But DePasqualue garnered more support among individual donors and those residing in his home state.

DePasquale raised about $699,000 from Pennsylvanians —  about 64% of his total $1.1 million in individual contributions — in the most recent fundraising quarter that lasted from July 1 to Sept. 30.

The intrastate fundraising is evidence that DePasquale' message, especially about defending health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, is resonating, said campaign spokesperson Kunal Atit. 

U.S. Representative Scott Perry (R-Pa. 10) speaks to reporters after participating in a Rotary Club of York candidate forum at the Country Club of York Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. He is seeking reelection for the 10th Congressional seat. His opponent, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, will be featured at a similar Oct. 7 event. Bill Kalina photo

Meanwhile, Perry managed to raise about $720,000 in individual contributions. That included about $292,500 from Pennsylvania donors, accounting for roughly 41% of his total individual contributions for the quarter.

For both candidates, the rest of their contributions came from organizations, such as super PACs. 

"But of all the donations either candidate received, we are still waiting for an honest explanation from Eugene DePasquale for why he accepted a maximum contribution from Gov. Tom Wolf, the subject of his most high profile audit," said Perry spokesperson Matt Beynon.

Wolf was among DePasquale's donors earlier this year, which Perry said tainted the auditor general's probe into Wolf's handling of waivers for businesses looking to dodge the state's COVID-19 shutdown.

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.