Chaffetz Posts Healthy Fundraising Numbers

Rep. Jason Chaffetz has a healthy campaign war chest ahead of the 2016 campaign season.

According to the latest financial disclosure statements, Chaffetz pulled in $145,826 from April to July. Most of that money ($113,000) came from PACs while $32,725 were individual contributions.
The cash haul leaves Chaffetz with $402,000 in his campaign account with more than 15 months to go to the 2016 election.
That's nearly half of what Chaffetz raised during his 2014 campaign and more than half of what he spent on his last re-election bid. Chaffetz, who crushed hapless Democrat Brian Wonnacott in 2014, raised $967,465 while spending $775,881.
The biggest PAC contributors to Chaffetz during the most recent quarter were:
  • Caterpillar Employees PAC – $5,000
  • Express Scripts PAC – $5,000
  • KPMG PAC – $10,000 (2 contributions)
  • Mastercard International Employees PAC – $5,000
  • The Home Depot PAC $10,000 (2 contributions)
The money may not matter much. Chaffetz has not faced significant Democratic opposition in his four previous campaigns for office. His closest contest was his first run in 2008 when he defeated Bennion Spencer by capturing 65% of the vote. In every subsequent election, Chaffetz has received more than 72% of ballots cast.