By JOHN DiSTASO, News Editor
CONCORD — In the first financial filings of the 2014 election campaign, Democratic state Sen. Donna Soucy and Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, both of Manchester, raised the most impressive totals for political committees of individual candidates.
Soucy raised $112,865 and reported $98,263 on hand.
Pappas reported raising $111,093 from 762 separate contributions with $101,581 on hand.
The Republican Senate Majority Committee PAC under Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, reached what it called a “historic” total, with receipts of $185,271.87 and $156,727.45 cash on hand.
According to the PAC, the on-hand amount “represents the highest cash-on-hand by any New Hampshire party’s senate committee.”
The Senate Democratic PAC said it raised $80,000 more than its GOP counterpart , $269,000, but spent more and had $148,000 on hand.
Pappas “surpassed the fundraising totals of any previous District 4 candidate at this point in the campaign and surpassed his own record setting fund-raising totals from his winning 2012 campaign,” his campaign said.
Campaign committees were required to file their receipts and expenditures today, but candidate committees are not required to report until Aug. 20.
The candidates for governor have candidate committees and were not required to file today.
The Committee to Elect House Democrats reported raising $60,795, which, added to a prior surplus of $39,372, totaled receipts of $100,167. Its cash-on-hand is $63,430.
The Committee to Elect House Republicans raising $61,073, which, when added to a prior surplus of $9,959, totaled receipts of $71,032. Its cash on hand is $53,272.
Meanwhile, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown’s “The People’s Seat” PAC raised and spent $47,680, all of it going to local GOP committees and the New Hampshire Sheriffs Association.