Last updated: October 21. 2013 11:34PM - 2161 Views
ANDREW M. SEDER aseder@timesleader.com

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To see the third quarter campaign finance reports for the campaign committees of local congressmen and opponents go to: http://tlgets.me/q3congressionalcash

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright raised 10 times the money of one of his potential challengers in the 2014 election, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Cartwright, D-Moosic, a freshman from Moosic who represents the 17th District, reported raising $138,016 in the third quarter of 2013, bringing his overall haul for this election cycle up to $639,275. He entered October with $353,748 cash on hand.

He has no declared challengers from his own party but two will be squaring off on the GOP side of the ticket in the primary election.

Matthew Dietz, a pilot from Wind Gap, raised $13,387 in the quarter and showed $7,638 in the bank as of Sept. 30. He has raised a total of $20,602 since announcing his candidacy earlier this year.

Dr. David Moylan, the Schuylkill County coroner, has also announced his candidacy, but no financial report was filed on his campaign’s behalf. Messages left with the South Manheim Township doctor were not immediately returned.

The region’s two incumbent Republican U.S. representatives — Lou Barletta, of Hazleton, and Tom Marino, of Lycoming Township — both lack an announced challenger on either ticket.

But Barletta, who is in his second term representing the 11th District, raised more money than Cartwright and Marino did in the third quarter. His report showed he raised $145,523 in the quarter and a total of $496,368 this election cycle. But he has also spent money and ended September with just $192,898 in the bank.

Marino, who’s in perhaps the safest district in the region for an incumbent based on voter registration numbers, took in the least amount of money in the quarter among the local and the second lowest amount of all incumbents in the state. His campaign tallied $81,875 but spent very little — just $25,878 for the three-month quarter — and ended September with $227,047 in the bank.

For the election cycle, the two-term incumbent representing the 10th District has raised $317,391.

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