By Katherine Reinhard and Robert. H. Orenstein
Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Susan Wild is entering the final stretch of her reelection campaign for the Lehigh Valley’s 7th Congressional District with $1.5 million in cash on hand, nearly three times that of her opponent Republican Lisa Scheller.
Wild, a former lawyer from South Whitehall Township, pulled in $1,728,927 in contributions for the period July 1 to Sept. 30. That’s about $1 million more than Scheller, who received $775,662, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed Saturday with the Federal Election Commission.
Despite lagging in fundraising, Scheller of Allentown vastly outspent Wild in advertising over the last three months as the Republican tapped her campaign’s cash to pay for $1.15 million in advertising. By comparison, Wild spent $343,260 on advertising.