Evan Feinberg

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Evan Feinberg
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 18
Bachelor'sGrove City College
Place of birthPittsburgh, PA
ProfessionRepublican staffer
Campaign website
Evan Feinberg was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 18th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.[1]
Evan Feinberg for House campaign logo.


After earning a degree in Political Science from Grove City, Feinberg went to work at the Heritage Foundation - a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. He later went to Capitol Hill to work for Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn (R) as a legislative assistant for health policy. After the 2010 midterm election, Feinberg went to work in the Capitol Hill office of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R).[2]


Political Positions

On his campaign website, Feinberg listed the following issues as his top priorities:[3]

On March 15, 2012, Feinberg released a 23-page policy paper detailing the steps he would take to improve the economy. His plan included proposals like the flat tax and eliminating four different federal agencies. - the Departments of Commerce, Education, Energy and Housing and Urban Development. Feinberg also proposed a federal budget that would balance the budget in three years and cut spending by $9.1 trillion over ten years.[4]

Jobs and the Economy

Feinberg said the current "unsustainable size of government" is the source of the country's budge and economic woes. He's a strong advocate of lowering the tax rate to spur job creation. Feinberg also supported a full audit of the Federal Reserve and the introduction of other currencies like silver and gold.

Excerpt: "Our country has been home to the most prolific economy in history. Unfortunately, government intrusion threatens not just our economic prosperity and future job growth, but the future of free enterprise itself. Over the last decade, there has been a bipartisan consensus in Washington, DC to spend more money we do not have on things that do not work."

Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security

When it comes to Medicare, Feinberg advocates giving seniors the same plans as their members of Congress. Feinberg says the program offers 200 different plans that offer better coverage for Medicare at lower costs. With Medicaid, Feinberg supports giving more control of the program to states through block grants. He also supports reforms for Social Security that include raising the retirement age, cutting benefits for the wealthy and prohibiting lawmakers from spending funds on other things.

Excerpt: "For too long, politicians have been dishonest about the coming fiscal crisis created by irresponsible promises made by politicians. The solution, however, is not to turn our backs on the poor, disabled, and elderly. We can provide better benefits at a lower cost using market principles and more effectively targeting these programs to those most in need."


Feinberg supports fundamental reform of the health care industry, but believes President Obama's health reform bill should be repealed. For Americans over 65, Feinberg advocates reforming the tax treatment of health care in order to prevent tax breaks that incentivize an over-consumptoin of health care services. He also supports direct assistance to seniors and low-income Americans.

Excerpt: "Unlike Tim Murphy, I do not believe that government is the solution. ...In fact, Rep. Murphy believes that expanding government-run community health centers is a big part of the solution to our broken health care system. The community health center program is the pet program of the Senate’s only self-avowed socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders."



See also: Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District elections, 2012

Feinberg ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 18th District. Feinberg was defeated by incumbent Rep. Tim Murphy (R) in the primary on April 24, 2012.[5]

Feinberg introduction video (March 26, 2012).


U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 15 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Murphy Incumbent 63.4% 32,854
Evan Feinberg 36.6% 18,937
Total Votes 51,791


On April 12, Feinberg released a TV ad attacking Murphy's role in driving up the national debt.[7]

"The Generation that Will Pay"

Feinberg released a radio ad on April 20, accusing Murphy of being a Cleveland fan. “Liberal Congressman Tim Murphy didn’t grow up in Pittsburgh," says the ad's narrator. "In fact, he grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, probably rooting for the Browns and Indians. No wonder he votes for Obama priorities like ‘cash for clunkers.’”[8]


  • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
  • Sen. Tom Coburn (R-KY)
  • FreedomWorks PAC
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Madison Project PAC
  • Republican Liberty Caucus

Opponent targeted

Feinberg's primary opponent, incumbent Tim Murphy, was targeted by the Super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability. While the PAC initially intended to spend $200,000 in the race,[9] they pulled back when Feinberg's own fundraising was deemed inadequate to make him a feasible challenger to Murphy.[10] According to expenditure reports, the Campaign for Primary Accountability spent a little over $100,000 in the race.[11]


In October 2011, Feinberg discussed his candidacy with KDKA News.

Feinberg interview (March 27, 2012).


2012 Election

A Public Opinion strategies internal Murphy poll, conducted January 15-16 2012, showed Rep. Murphy with a strong, 62-point lead over Feinberg.[12]

Pennsylvania's Congressional District 12, 2012
Poll Tim Murphy (R) Evan Feinberg (R)Margin of ErrorSample Size
(January 15-16, 2012)
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign donors


Feinberg raised $71,000 in the first quarter of 2012. He ended the quarter with $80,000 cash on hand.[13]

As of April 4, 2012, Feinberg had raised a total of $121,967. Of that, $9,500 (8 percent) came from PACs, and $112,272 (92 percent) came from individual contributions. One hundred and ninety-five dollars came from self-financing.[14]


Feinberg and his wife, Sarah, have a baby boy named Luke.

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