The Millionaires' Amendment is a provision of the McCain–Feingold Act that is designed to level the playing field if someone is able to spend large amounts of their own money in a federal election. If someone drops $350,000 of spare change into their own house campaign the contribution limits are tripled for the opponent and the national and state party's may make unlimited coordinated expenditures on behalf of the candidate. This won't affect the Republican primary but may impact the General Election.
From the FEC filings it appears that Dan Meuser has spent $599,600 of his own money in the race and Chris Hackett has kept pace opening his wallet for $592300.
In other news an astute reader pointed out a typo on Meuser's website. In a section on Protecting 2nd Amendment Rights Bullet No. 5 "Protect Hunting and Conservation Efforts... Programs such as the Fish and Wildlife Refuse System, the Migratory Bird Treaty Reform Act of 1998, and ...
Note that the correct term is the "Fish and Wildlife REFUGE system."
Refuse/Refuge, it's all the same to the Republicans. Why let a few birds, animals or people get in the way of making money.
The Pennsylvania Progressive is reporting that the Meuser campaign may have violated one of the rules of Project Vote Smart citing this press release.
Project Vote Smart does not permit the use of its name or programs in any partisan activity, including advertising, debates, and speeches.
The local media has a pre-debate roundup:
Meuser, Hackett trade barbs before their debate
News from the race for Congress in the 10th District
And Hackett has a new TV ad on the air
30 minutes ago