July 13th, 2010
05:06 PM ET
4 years ago

Toomey tops Sestak with banner 2nd quarter

Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey raised $3.1 million in the 2nd quarter.
Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey raised $3.1 million in the 2nd quarter.

Washington (CNN) – Former Rep. Pat Toomey raised $3.1 million toward his Pennsylvania Senate bid in the 2nd quarter of 2010, his campaign said Tuesday.

That represents the Republican's biggest haul to date, and a significant increase from the $2.3 million reported by his campaign in the 1st quarter.

Toomey's Democratic opponent, Rep. Joe Sestak, brought in $2 million over the same period, and has a little over $2 million cash on hand, Sestak campaign spokesman Jonathon Dworkin confirmed to CNN.

Sestak and Toomey are vying for the Senate seat currently held by Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter, a former Republican who switched parties last year. Specter was defeated by Sestak in a bitter primary battle that culminated in May.

Despite being outdistanced by Toomey, a Sestak campaign adviser told CNN that the campaign feels good about where they are in the race, and noted that Sestak's fundraising efforts were hamstrung in the 2nd quarter due to the tough primary battle.

Toomey, who did not face a contentious fight for the Republican nomination, has a total of $4.65 million cash on hand.

"I am so appreciative for all the support I have received for my candidacy," Toomey said in a statement. "As I travel across the state, I meet more and more Pennsylvanians who want to join our campaign in order to bring true change and fiscal sanity to Washington."

The most recent non-partisan polling of Pennsylvania voters, conducted in May, indicated that the battle between Sestak and Toomey was deadlocked.


Filed under: 2010 • Joe Sestak • Pat Toomey • Pennsylvania
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. one voice

    Are the Republicans proud of the dirty money they receive from their Corporate masters?

    July 13, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Rani McBride

    WOW! .3, such a big difference! LOL

    July 13, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. larry

    Why does sock it Toomey have so many wrinkles on his forehead and what the hell is he about to do to that microphone.

    July 13, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Brian in MD

    Go Toomey!!!

    July 13, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Sun52shine

    Why are the Republicans recieving high cash donations, because they are selling their votes to the corporations. The foreign and domestic corporations can donation millions to the candidates campaign without anyone ever knowing – this is all thanks 100% to the Supreme Court ruling. The 5 conservative Supreme court justices should all resign from their positions!

    This is outrageous!

    July 13, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. tcaros

    I'm a Pennsylvania and proud that we threw out a bunch of Republicans last time around. Do you remember that condescending hypocrit Santorum? I'd stand in the rain 3 hours to vote against that guy and any other tea party candidate. It's not anti-incumbancy like the news outlets are reporting. It's anti-Republican sentiment.

    July 13, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. tcaros

    Don't worry. We'll send Toomey packing as well, just like all those other condescending hypocrits the Republicans conger up.

    July 13, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. Brought to You By Goldman Sachs

    This latest Republican fundraising tally brought to you by Goldman Sachs.

    "If you have an economy that needs ruining, CALL US!"

    July 13, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. jeremy..Big D..Tx

    Democrcy sold to the highest bid courtesy of conservative supreme court. We are totally enslaved by big dollar corporations.

    July 13, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. Lawrence

    Republicans can always count on a whole lot of folks who will subsidize fear, deception, homophobia, veiled racism, greed, and selfishness. Raise the level of fear, lower the level of reason – the usual Republican formula – which got us into an imooral war, if you recall.

    July 13, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Annie, Atlanta

    one voice – I think they are – darned proud of it. They have no shame, they have no decency. We need campaign finance reform. This is ridiculous – our politicians are for sale to the highest bidder. We lose and the corporations win. And those corporations are dumping most of what they have into Republican coffers this go around because the Democrats are attempting to rein them in. Wonderful.

    July 13, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. Juan Solis

    Joe Sestak has to use every dollar wisely, get the most out of what he has. He can win with less if he focuses on the issues and not get drawn into a negative ad campaign.

    July 13, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. Malty

    Tooooooomey!

    Glad Spector is out. (Earlier comment is about Spector, not Sestak... although I don't want his Obama rubber stamp either).

    July 13, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. Former Republican, now an Independent

    We may be shocked to find out where this money is coming from considering the recent Supreme Court's decision around corporations ability to buy elections. By the way, many of the corporations in this country are now owned by foreign entities and with the majority of Supreme Court justices on their side, can now steer the direction of our country in their country's best interest.

    July 13, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. Tom, Vermilion, Ohio

    I would like to see exactly who donated the $2.3 million for the Republican and the $2 million for the Democrat. That will tell where the candidates' hearts lie.

    July 13, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. Poor people should work harder and be less jealous

    Obama spent considerably more (literally hundreds of millions) more than McCain, after pledging to limit campaign spending. This article makes no mention of Toomey's fund-raising sources, but it doe snot make sense to attribute it to corporations without such knowledge. As liberals often do, they praise Obama and then criticize Republicans, when both do exactly the same thing, spend millions on campaigns and not on the people. Don't hate on Toomey just cause he's going to help bring back the republican majority to the senate. Go donate to him to help stop crazy Obama from sinking us into deeper debt that China continues to buy, making us a very vulnerable country. Actually, I'm going to go donate the maximum I can to Toomey following this article (I believe the legal limit is about 2grand).

    July 13, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. Jim S

    Veterans need to be afraid VERY VERY Afraid of Toomey
    he voted for every bill that cut veteran benefits
    he must believe veteran benefits are nothing more than
    an entitlement program for lazy veterans that wont work
    and want a free handout

    July 13, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  18. Donnatella

    Sestak can still win, money doesn't matter, just ask our old Governor Corzine, he spent millions more that Christie and lost his shirt. Now we are stuck with a fat dictator, if you see him on TV bragging about our new 2% tax increase, it has so many holes in it our taxes will probably go up even higher next year. Sestak, hang in there this guy is no good.

    July 13, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. Scott

    I'm from PA and an Independent. I will not vote for Corporate Toomey in a million years. I am glad Spector ain't running though.

    July 13, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. malabar

    as a college educated gay latino male who voted for bill clinton once, i'm proud to say that 2010 will b the first of many years i vote straight republican. and its telling that 3 democrats have already read or have askd to borrow Going Rogue. hopefully PA can cling to their guns n religion long enough to bring America back!

    July 13, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. Danny Cali

    Anyway REPUB Party still "NO" and "NO" and "NO".

    July 13, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. leon pa

    Toomey will never we in pa

    July 13, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  23. usualone

    What is Toomey going to do except scare people with his outrageous advertisements? People should look for the facts and not give into these easy to make negative comments. If he wins, he will just be: "no, no, no" to whatever the Democrats propose. This easy rather than "thinking" about helping the people of Pennsylvania and the rest of Americans.

    July 13, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. kouli

    Sestak will pay dearly for his idiotic voting record. He voted against Israel and its rights to stop the flottila and than went to a fund raiser for moslem terrorist. This is plain stupitidy and we already has number one Hitler in the WH.

    July 13, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. marxist dogs are out of control

    90% of cash contribution from Goldman Sachs went to Democrats, so CNN is helping to perpetuate a lie.

    July 13, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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