It's good that Sestak is campaign now because he will need to raise a lot of money to defeat Toomey in 2016. Toomey's been raking in the cash from outside groups:What does service mean to you? Please take a look at the careers below that show two different kinds of service. If you believe that service means serving others -- especially our country -- above oneself, please click here to contribute to my campaign to restore a leadership of service in our government. We need new leadership in our Senate that understands that our government serves the people, not wealthy and powerful special interests, or oneself.
Click here to donate to Sestak's campaign:Sen. Toomey currently holds a solid fundraising advantage over former Congressman, and his 2010 Democratic Senate opponent, Joe Sestak.
Sestak, though, is still raking in the cash years ahead of Election Day 2016. At this moment, former Rep. Sestak is the only candidate so far to sort-of-formally throw his hat into the ring although Attorney General Kathleen Kane has also expressed interest in the race. There have also been rumors that Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro is eyeing a run.
In 2014’s first fiscal quarter, January 1 to March 31, Sen. Toomey, benefitting from the recognition befitting an incumbent, raised $715,470. Sestak, meanwhile, brought in $221,302. While the Senator clearly outpaced his challenger, he raised about $50K less than last quarter while Sestak brought in roughly $70,000 more.
Toomey also received far more money from PAC’s than his rival, getting $143,650 from Political Action Committees compared to the $5,000 Sestak pulled in.
Among the Senator’s PAC contributors were Erie Insurance PAC which gave $5,000 along with $2,500 each from the PACs of Liberty Mutual and Citigroup. Curiously for a Republican, Toomey also received $4,800 from the IBEW Local 98. Additionally, the incumbent was the recipient of $1,000 from KOCHPAC, an organization under the umbrella of uber-political donors Charles and David Koch.
The Republican also got significant help from his colleagues. Freshman South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott gave $10,000 through his Tomorrow is Meaningful PAC while Toomey’s fellow Finance Committee member Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas contributed $5,000 from his PAC, Preserving America’s Traditions.
Sestak, on the other hand, received $4,000 from his old colleague and former Congressman Brian Baird of Washington. - Politics PA, 4/21/14