GOP Rep. Scott Perry won re-election just 51-49 last year and faces a serious challenge in Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District from Democratic state Auditor Eugene DePasquale, but let’s just say this burgeoning threat hasn’t exactly motivated Perry to get his shit together.
Perry just reported raising $150,000 from April 1 to June 30, which is terrifically bad for a vulnerable incumbent, and finished the second quarter of the year with just $300,000 in the bank. Bizarrely, though, Perry filed two fundraising reports: a “pre-special” election filing covering the period of April 1 to May 4, and a “post-special” report for the remainder of the quarter. You can be forgiven for forgetting about the special election Perry went through earlier this year because there wasn’t one.
There was a special in the state’s 12th District on May 21, which Republican Fred Keller and Democrat Marc Friedenberg had to file two FEC reports for. That contest, which Keller won, had no impact on candidates for Pennsylvania’s 17 other congressional districts, though. For instance, Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle, who represents the 18th District, correctly filed precisely one quarterly fundraising report.
We have no idea why Perry’s staffers decided to create unnecessary work for themselves by filing these two reports, nor why none of them caught the error in the nearly two months since they filed their first report. But given how little cash Perry’s reported raising in the last three months, it’s safe to assume he’s not hiring the best campaign staff money can buy.
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