The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

July 3, 2012

Eaton touts fundraising, says $83K ‘phenomenal’


SHARON — Missa Eaton, the Democrat candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, is touting her second-quarter fundraising efforts as “phenomenal” and an indication that people want to see change.

Eaton’s campaign says it raised $84,403 between April and July. That’s not a lot compared to the money her opponent, incumbent Republican Mike Kelly, had on hand at the end of the last quarter or is expected to report for the current one, but Eaton was satisfied, according to a news release.

“We may not be able to raise the kind of money Mike Kelly can, but it shows that people are willing to invest in the change of leadership in Washington that this district wants and needs,” Eaton said.

Second quarter campaign finance reports aren’t due until the middle of the month. Kelly’s campaign had more than $300,000 on hand at the end of the last reporting period in April in which he raised more than $600,000. Kelly spent more than $1 million in 2010 to defeat Democratic incumbent Kathy Dahlkemper, who spent $2 million. Those figures don’t include money spent by outside groups.