John Fetterman raised $100,000 in the first week of his lieutenant governor’s campaign, according to a campaign announcement, putting the Braddock mayor on pace to potentially raise more than past candidates for the office.
Fetterman, 48, announced last week in Braddock that he is challenging Lt. Gov. Mike Stack in the Democratic primary.
Stack raised about $1.2 million in all of 2014 when he successfully ran for the job. Before that, Jim Cawley raised $550,651 in 2010. Catherine Baker Knoll raised $390,077 in 2006 and $357,650 in 2002, according to Pennsylvania State Department campaign finance records.
Fetterman’s campaign contributions came from 1,500 donors in 52 out of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, according to a campaign news release.
“John Fetterman is a refreshing candidate for so many folks who are sick of politics as usual,” senior campaign adviser Rebecca Katz said in the release. “We are seeing a wave of enthusiastic support, clearly showing that Pennsylvanians are hungry for a genuine, progressive candidate like John Fetterman.”
Fetterman ran for a U.S. Senate seat last year. He lost the Democratic primary to Chester County’s Katie McGinty but surpassed all polling projections by winning 20 percent of the statewide vote and collecting the most votes in Allegheny County by a wide margin.