Burns Flush With Cash With 12 Days to Go Before Pa. Special

Posted May 7, 2010 at 4:51pm

Mark Critz, the Democratic nominee in the special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th district, is headed into the final 12 days of the campaign with a serious cash disadvantage.

Critz reported $73,000 in cash on hand plus an additional $40,000 in debt in pre-election fundraising reports released Thursday.

Businessman Tim Burns, the GOP nominee, reported having more than four times that sum, with $308,000 in the bank. Burns also loaned his campaign about $225,000.

Also on Thursday, Critz filed a 48-hour fundraising report that showed he had raised $70,000 since the pre-primary reporting period closed on April 28. Burns, meanwhile, filed a 48-hour report that showed he had pulled in $88,000.

Both candidates spent about the same amount in the pre-primary period from April 1-28. Burns spent about $605,000, and Critz spent $630,000.

National Republicans, however, have dumped more into the race on behalf of Burns: The National Republican Congressional Committee has spent $728,000 on the race, while the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported spending $641,000 as of Friday afternoon.