Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

02/03/18

In Pittsburgh's other competitive Congressional race, the 12th District north of the city, attorney Beth Tarasi begins 2018 with a commanding financial lead over her fellow Democratic contenders.

Ms. Tarasi raised $77,079.81 in the final quarter of 2017, and spent $28,084.14. Combined with activity reported earlier in the year, that left her with $132,700.88 in hand to being 2018.

Educator and graduate student Aaron Anthony raised $26,944.18 in the final quarter of 2017 and spent $12,197.44. Combined with previous activity earlier in the year, that left him with $35,192.88

Consultant and activist Ray Linsenmeyer, who got into the race later than his rivals, raised his first $34,392.44 in the closing months of 2017. After spending, he had $21,019.48 to start the year. Brain researcher Tom Prigg raised $5,247.28 and spent $9,594.27. That drew down on money he raised earlier in the year, leaving him with $7,169.33 to start 2018.

Ms. Tarasi's donors included some familiar female names to Pittsburgh politics: frequent donors Bonnie DiCarlo and Georgia Berner as well as Pam Iovino, who herself had sought to run in the 18th District.

Ms. Tarasi's campaign heralded the results, noting that "Beth raised more than her three primary opponents combined, and filed with more than twice as much COH than the rest of her primary opponents."

"While there are many critical elements to a successful campaign ... financial resources are critical for any competitive Congressional candidate," spokeswoman Abigail Gardner said in a statement.

But the Republican incumbent those Democrats hope to beat, Congressman Keith Rothfus, handily outraised them all, garnering $225,169.70 in contributions in the final quarter of 2017. He goes into 2018 with $1,215,216.58

 

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