July 14th, 2009
01:44 PM ET
14 years ago

Specter outraises Pennsylvania opponents

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/05/06/liberal.republicans/art.specter.gi.jpg caption="Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's campaign raised $1.73 million in the second quarter of 2009."](CNN) - Sen. Arlen Specter's campaign said Tuesday it raked in $1.73 million in the second quarter of this year, giving the Republican-turned-Democrat from Pennsylvania around $7.5 million in cash on hand.

"Our impressive fundraising this quarter demonstrates the strong support I have in the Democratic Party and across Pennsylvania," said Specter in a statement released by his campaign Tuesday.

Rep. Joe Sestak's re-election campaign reported Monday that the Pennsylvania Democrat raised more than $1 million in this year's second quarter, with around $4.2 million in the bank.

The two-term congressman from the state's 7th District has said that he plans to challenge Specter for the Democratic Senate nomination next year. Specter has the backing of President Barack Obama and party leaders as he gears up for re-election in 2010. On Tuesday, his campaign pointed to a new string of endorsements by local Democratic officials as evidence he was making headway in his efforts to win over the party's base.

On Monday, Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey said his campaign for the Senate has raised $1.6 million since he jumped into the race on April 15. Toomey's campaign also announced that they have $1.1 million cash on hand.

Filed under: Arlen Specter • Joe Sestak • Pat Toomey
soundoff (21 Responses)

    Ole flip flop himself, Mr. sell out to the highest bidder,he needs to retire and get out of the way.

    July 14, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Don't count old Arlen out. I said if I were a Pennsylvanian, I would support Sestak. But i'm not to sure if he's a true democrat. I would like to hear them debate.

    July 14, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. retire

    enough spector, as a democrat, I ask you to retire

    thank you for your service

    let someone else lead

    just because you have a fan base does not mean you should be a leader of our country

    July 14, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Rick CT

    Will he return the money he raised when he was a Republican?

    July 14, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Mark in Miami

    He's gonna need tons of money. He's upset a lot of republicans and the dems don't really care for him much either.

    July 14, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. GOP = Party of Tolerance and Humility

    Spector knows how to squeeze lobbyists for campaign cash but doesn't know when it is time to quit. He needs to retire and give someone else a chance to serve. He's been there long enough.

    July 14, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Zero.

    CNN! We all love Barack Obama. Anyone he chooses sits on the Board..

    July 14, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. The outraiser...but.

    Specter...with all the money will not outrace his opponent ...just look at this man...looking at as a loser.....!!!!!

    July 14, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Cleo

    Where are they getting the money to run for election...I thought this country was broke? I guess no one told the people with the money...

    July 14, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    I suppose it's an industry like any other, and provides jobs to those who are engaged to raise money, book ads, write ads, shoot commercials, etc.,......but I really wish money simply were not even a factor in the electoral process. ALL of them – Repubs and Dems – ought to concentrate on legislating, not money-raising. 😛

    July 14, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Arlen looks like he just spent an unsuccessful 2 hours on the porcelain pony. Bran muffins, Arlen... bran muffins.

    July 14, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Bob in Pa

    Ahh, the Acorn factor finally slips inbetween the sheets.

    July 14, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. gt

    new blood ,,,,,old timer...c u

    July 14, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. JGB

    Is Pennsylvania really this stupid?? Would appear so. How can anyone from either party want anything to do with this loser?

    July 14, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Bill or Vin from Philly

    Time for you retire old man

    July 14, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. yuri

    Atta boy, Specter! Now that's an encouragin' sign. If you keep up the momentum, you may even win. Who knows? But try to be a gentleman, which is not easy in politics.

    July 14, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. TCM

    It must be nice when George Soros and the Acorn Bundlers kick it up a notch~! Gotta keep Obama's puppets in place...

    July 14, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. RAG

    For all you James Bond fans, isn't it funny that as time goes on Arlen S.P.E.C.T.E.R is looking more and more like Ernst Blofeld?

    July 14, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Proud Member..Party of No

    Please Pennsylvania, I'm begging you....anybody butt Arlen Sphincter.

    July 14, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Loup Garou 782

    "Specter has the backing of President barak obama" How nice. What's the deal, is he part negro or does he have a black teen-age girlfriend. There must be some reason to support him.

    July 14, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Independent_me

    So long as Specter supports the President's agenda and does not come across looking like an opportunist who is playing both sides he will be re-elected.

    July 14, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |