Oz loans his Pennsylvania Senate campaign another million dollars


Mehmet Oz, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania, loaned his campaign an additional $1 million on Oct. 20, according to an FEC filing.

Oz has loaned his campaign money from his personal wealth throughout his bid — including $7 million in the final third quarter — and his latest $1 million loan brings his cycle total to more than $22 million. Earlier this month, his opponent, Democratic Gov. John Fetterman, said none of his takings came from his personal bank account.

Oz has been consistently angry with his opponent and Fetterman is counting on his financial advantage over Oz to get ahead in the final weeks of the midterm campaign and secure one of the Democrats’ best chances to flip a Senate seat. Adding to Fetterman’s advantage, President Joe Biden and other prominent members of the party, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, have raised money for the Democratic nominee this week.

In the third quarter, from July to September, Fetterman raised $22 million, while Oz raised about $8.9 million in addition to the $7 million he loaned his campaign.

At the end of the quarter ending in October, Fetterman had a small amount of cash on hand for Oz, about $4.2 million to $2.5 million. And in the final two and a half weeks of the race, Democrats will outspend Republicans by about $25.6 million to $18.7 million on air, according to AdImpact’s latest tallies.

Despite a significant fundraising lead, Fetterman finds himself in a tight race with Trump-backed Oz. After some polls found the Democrat with a double-digit lead over the summer, a CNN polling average earlier this month showed Fetterman with the support of 50% of likely voters, compared to Oz’s 45%.

With nearly two weeks to go before the midterm elections, Fetterman and Oz focused on undecided female voters in the Philadelphia suburbs, where Biden beat Trump by nearly 300,000 votes.

The two Senate candidates will face off in their first and only debate on Tuesday.

“I’ve done everything I can to make sure he’s able to participate in this debate. He’s the only one he would accept. He’s got subtitles, everything he needs,” Oz said on Fox Saturday. “I just want him to show up on Tuesday so we can talk to Pennsylvania about our policies and see how extreme his positions have been.”