As midterm election spending rises, the Cook Political Report has note 26 Congressional races for the United States House of Representatives as sweepstakes. Below are five of the most competitive congressional district races in the 2022 election cycle where candidates are raising and spending big bucks.
Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district
Candidates competing to represent Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district have collectively raised more than $1.6 million. The seat is currently held by Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), who is running for the U.S. Senate in the state.
The financial frontrunner in the race to represent Pennsylvania’s 17th District is former Ross Township Commissioner Jeremy Shaffer (R), who has received a slew of support from past and current GOP leaders, including Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-15).
Shaffer last ran for office in 2018, ultimately losing to the state senator. Lindsey Williams (D-38), ending his campaign with $57,000 in cash and $640,000 in debt and unpaid loans, including $435,000 lent by the candidate, according to Pennsylvania state campaign documents. Since Shaffer announced his candidacy for the House in February 2022, the candidate has received $229,000 in contributions and personally loaned $500,000 to his campaign.
Shaffer spent $202,000 from February to April 27, according to campaign finance documents.
Outside of his own funding, the main contributors to Shaffer’s campaign are people affiliated with Bentley Systems, a Pennsylvania software company. People connected to Bentley Systems donated more than $105,000.
The second biggest fundraiser in the race is US Navy veteran Christopher Deluzio, who is running as a Democrat. Deluzio has raised $488,000 since announcing his candidacy in June 2021, but only had $58,000 left before the final three weeks before the primary. The campaign has spent $429,000 so far, mostly on digital advertising and political consultants. The candidate’s main supplier was Deliver Strategies, which has received more than $87,000 for services beginning in October 2021.
One of Deluzio’s biggest donors is Sam Patti, owner of Pittsburgh-based La Prima Espresso Co., who make a donation $5,800 in June 2021. Deluzio’s wife, attorney Alexandra Bunnell, also make a donation $5,800 in June 2021. The VoteVets federal PAC that supports veterans make a donation $5,000 in March 2022, just like the PAC from Insulators International.
Deluzio’s main primary opponent is political organizer and former LGBTQ Victory Fund Vice President Sean Meloy (D). Meloy was approved by the fund, retired Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and several others, but has only raised $251,000 since his campaign began in November 2021, and he has $64,000 left on hand.
Shaffer’s main Republican main opponent is Jason Killmeyer (R), a top conservative political commentator known as the former chief operating officer of the far-right organization Project Veritas. Killmeyer has raised $135,000 since starting his campaign in February 2022; $36,000 was donated by individuals, while $90,000 was personally loaned to the campaign by Killmeyer during his candidacy.
Pennsylvania’s primary elections will be held on May 17.
Ohio’s 13th congressional district
Republican voters in Ohio have sorted through a group of congressional candidates vying to represent Ohio’s 13th Republican primary district on May 3, opting for Madison Gesiotto Gilbert to lead the party in the November general election.
Of the 10 candidates in Ohio’s 13th congressional district, Gesiotto has been the top fundraiser with about $615,000 since announcing her candidacy in November 2021. About $200,000 was loaned to the campaign by Gesiotto herself, known for her role as co-chair. of Save America PAC’s Women for Trump Advisory Board and her Washington Times column.
Prior to the primary, the Gesiotto campaign spent $201,000, including a payment of $36,000 to Convert Digital on April 13 to place an advertisement titled “Undo culture’s worst nightmareâ, leaving the candidate with $ 413,000 in cash on April 13.
The former frontrunner for Ohio’s 13th District in the Republican primary was former White House aide to former President Donald Trump, Max Miller, who re-filed for Course in the state’s 7th congressional district after the redrawing of congressional districts. With Miller changing districts, Trump then approved Gesiotto. He got the nomination in the primary and will face Democrat Matthew Diemer in November.
As the Republican nominee, Gesietto will face State Rep. Emily Sykes (D-34) in the November general election. Sykes was elected Minority Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives by the Democratic caucus in 2019, but she resigned after announcing his candidacy for Congress. She had served at the State House since 2015.
Sykes has raised $366,000 since announcing her candidacy in January 2022 and has spent $137,000, leaving the candidate with $229,000 in cash as of April 13. Some of its major contributors include PAC to the Future, a PAC leadership affiliated with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), the progressive pro-choice PAC Emily’s List, the leadership of the Majority Leader at House Steny Hoyer, PAC AmeriPAC and former Leadership of Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) PAC America 2.0 PAC.
Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district
In Minnesota’s 2nd District, there are only two candidates running: incumbent Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) and Republican nominee Tyler Kistner, who lost to Craig in the 2020 election by just 2 points. percentage. In this election, the candidate of the Legal Marijuana Party, Adam Weeks taken 6% of votes.
Craig’s campaign received just over $1 million in the first quarter of this year, ending March with $3.6 million in cash. The congresswoman started her campaign with over $1 million in cash and has spent just over $985,000 since the start. $250,000 was spent between January and March 2022 alone.
While Craig only received $920 from political party committees, according to first-quarter filings, PACs were among the campaign’s biggest contributors in the 2022 cycle. Craig has received more than $243,000 from PACs in the first quarter of 2022 and $1 million globally.
Kistner faces a financial disadvantage, having started his campaign with just $32,000 in January 2021 and ending Q1 2022 with $423,000. But the GOP nominee has outspent Craig this cycle, losing more than $1.1 million since the start of the campaign, principally on direct mail, consultants and legal fees.
Kistner’s biggest donors are James H. Batmasian, attorney and chairman of Investments Limited and billionaire Cox Enterprise heiress Margaretta Taylor as well as billionaire Charles B. Johnson, owner of the San Francisco Giants and operator of the mutual fund FranklinResources.
Johnson has been criticized for his political donations in the past. In 2018, he and his wife donated to Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), who had joked that she would be “on the front row” of a “public hanging” in Mississippi, a state that has historically suffered one of the highest rates of public lynching in the nation. The same year he make a donation $1,000 to pro-Trump Black Americans super PACs for the president’s agenda, who then ran a racist ad. Johnson also has make a donation to a string of controversial conservative politicians, including Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.)
Colorado’s 8th congressional district
Colorado’s newly created 8th congressional district is the most politically balanced district in the state. According to at Colorado Public Radio, 44% of active voters are unaffiliated with any party, while 28% of voters are Democrats and 25% are Republicans.
The leading Democratic candidate is the pediatrician and state representative. Yadira Caraveo (D-31), who has raised $553,000 since August 2021 and has $326,000 in cash. Among Caraveo’s top donors are the Emily’s List PAC, the 314 Action Fund and the medical company Mednax Inc. PAC, which each donated $5,000.
Kulmann is the most financially well-off Republican candidate, having raised $391,000 from October 2021 to March 2022 with $309,000 in cash. Of that, $45,000 comes from Kulmann.
Allcorn has raised $298,000 since January 2022, including a personal loan of $161,000 for his campaign, leaving $207,000 at the end of March 2022. Some of Allcorn’s biggest donors include billionaire Margaretta Taylor and billionaire couple Tatnall and Roberta Hillman who each donated $5,800. The Hillmans are the 26th largest individual donor to outside spending groups in the 2020 election cycle, according to OpenSecrets.
Kirkmeyer has raised $244,000 since October 2021 and spent $70,000, ending the first quarter of 2022 with $174,000 in hand. Finally, Saine has raised $212,000 since its announcement in November 2021, of which $80,000 in personal loans. After spending $72,000, including nearly $49,000 on services from Neighborhood Research and Media, Saine had $140,000 in cash at the end of March.
The Colorado primary elections will be held place June 28.
Virginia’s 7th congressional district
In Virginia’s 7th congressional district, 13 Republicans are vying for the right to challenge incumbent Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.).
Without an opponent, Spanberger has raised $4.1 million since her campaign began last January and has spent just $834,000, leaving the candidate with nearly $3.9 million. war chest. Among its top donors are people associated with the investment firm Blackstone Group, who donated more than $37,000, and $17,600 through donors associated with Alphabet Inc. Additionally, the pro-Israel JStreet PAC , channeled nearly $27,000 in the campaign.
Of the Republicans battling to challenge Spanberger, only three have raised more than $400,000.
Former green beret and lawyer Derrick Anderson (R) and state Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-17) raised nearly identical amounts of money. Anderson has raised $521,000 and has $371,000 in cash after March 2022, while Reeves has raised $519,000 and spent $390,000.
Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors Crystal Vanouch raised $483,000 including $400,000 personal ready to his campaign. Vanuch has spent just $15,000 since starting his campaign in January 2022, leaving the candidate with $469,000 in cash.
The Virginia primary elections will be held place June 21st.