Candidates in Murtha special election battle to a draw in first quarter finances

The Democrat in the special election to replace Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) won the fundraising battle in the first quarter, but both men came out with almost the same amount of money after the GOP candidate self-funded $150,000.

Federal Election Commission reports show former Murtha aide Mark Critz (D) raise $376,000 before March 31. He spent $46,000 and banked $330,000.

The GOP nominee, businessman Tim Burns, raised $226,000 and self-funded $150,000 to give him the same in total receipts. Burns spent $58,000 and, by virtue of being in the race before Murtha's death, had slightly more in the bank -- $387,000.


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