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Wolf's campaign coffers shows strain of 4-way race

June 19, 2014
dsp Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf's campaign coffers still show the strain of his four-way primary battle.

Wolf, a wealthy businessman who sank $10 million into his winning campaign and leads Gov. Tom Corbett in the polls, reported Thursday that he raised $3.5 million over the five weeks that ended June 9. But his cash on hand continued to hover around $3 million.

Corbett was unopposed for the Republican nomination. He reported having $4.8 million in the bank, even though his re-election campaign spent money twice as fast as it came in during those weeks surrounding Pennsylvania's May 20 primary.

Corbett received $1.4 million in contributions but spent nearly $3 million. That pushed his total expenditures to more than $11 million out of the $16 million he has raised.

Overall through June 9, the Democratic candidates collectively raised nearly $40 million and spent $36.6 million, according to reports filed since 2013.

State Treasurer Rob McCord and U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz each spent about $9 million on their primary campaigns and each reported a balance of just over $30,000 in their latest reports. McCord reported $2.3 million in unpaid debts and obligations. Schwartz had none.

Katie McGinty, who finished fourth, reported spending $3.7 million on her campaign. In the latest report, the former state environmental protection secretary had less than $42,000 on hand and $235,000 in outstanding loans she made to her campaign in 2013.

Organized labor rallied for Wolf in the latest report.

Top contributors included the Service Employees International Union and the Pennsylvania State Education Association, which each gave Wolf $500,000, and the American Federation of Teachers, which contributed $475,000.

Wolf also received $200,000 from the Philadelphia trial lawyers' Committee for a Better Tomorrow, $225,000 from the Democratic Governors Association, $150,000 from Bon-Ton Stores executive Tim Grumbacher and $100,000 from a political committee headed by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Corbett received $50,000 contributions each from the Western Pennsylvania Laborers' union, Playworld Systems Inc. owner Dale Miller and international banker Charles Ryan of UFG Asset Management in West Conshohocken.

 
 

 

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