Republicans Leading Democrats in State Senate Campaign Fundraising

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Campaign finance requirements govern how much money candidates may receive from individuals and organizations, how often they must report those contributions, and how much individuals, organizations, and political entities may contribute to campaigns.

While campaign finance is not the only factor in electoral outcomes, successful fundraising can provide a candidate with advantages during a campaign. Fundraising can also indicate party momentum.

This article lists top fundraisers in the Pennsylvania State Senate, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for the State Senate submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of State. It includes activity between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021.

The top fundraisers in Pennsylvania State Senate elections are shown below. Individuals are presented with the office that they are on the ballot for in 2022, if applicable.

In the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers were:

  • Martin Flynn – $903,508
  • Vincent Hughes – $738,860
  • Jay Costa – $552,950
  • Anthony Williams – $379,572
  • Steve Santarsiero – $329,508

In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers were:

  • Kim Ward – $1,118,172
  • Jake Corman III – $568,746
  • Pat Browne – $408,225
  • Greg Rothman (District 34) – $388,370
  • Camera Bartolotta – $321,443

Fundraising totals

Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $4.25 million in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $5.71 million. Combined, all State Senate fundraisers in the January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, filing period raised $10.25 million.

The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 68 percent of all Democratic State Senate fundraising. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 49 percent of all Republican State Senate fundraising.

The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top ten fundraisers during this period.

TOP TEN FUNDRAISERS – PENNSYLVANIA STATE SENATE (January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021)

Name Party Affiliation Raised Spent

  • Kim Ward Republican Party $1,118,172 $346,406
  • Martin Flynn Democratic Party $903,508 $689,520
  • Vincent Hughes Democratic Party $738,860 $482,989
  • Jake Corman III Republican Party $568,746 $554,460
  • Jay Costa Democratic Party $552,950 $432,000
  • Pat Browne Republican Party $408,225 $208,151
  • Greg Rothman Republican Party $388,370 $124,536
  • Anthony Williams Democratic Party $379,572 $137,251
  • Steve Santarsiero Democratic Party $329,508 $107,773
  • Camera Bartolotta Republican Party $321,443 $196,236

Campaign finance reporting periods

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that candidate PACs submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of State. Candidate PACs represent individuals who have run for state or local office at any point, including past and present officeholders. This article does not include non-candidate PACs. In 2022, Transparency USA will publish campaign finance data after the following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

  • 2021 Annual (C7) 1/31/2022
  • 2022 Pre-Primary (C1) 3/17/2022
  • 2022 Pre-Primary (C2) 5/9/2022
  • 2022 Post-Primary (C3) 6/20/2022
  • 2022 Pre-General (C4) 9/22/2022
  • 2022 Pre-General (C5) 10/31/2022
  • 2022 Post-General (C6) 12/12/2022
  • 2022 Annual (C7) 2/1/2023
This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections.