Democrats in Pa. governor’s race spend $10 million; more to come

    The four Democratic candidates for governor of Pennsylvania spent more than $10 million in the first three months of 2014, and more than half of that was from York businessman Tom Wolf, whose campaign is largely self-funded.

     

    Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show Wolf spent $5.3 million by March 31, most of that on media buys, which have given him a commanding lead in opinion polls. Wolf still has $7 million on hand for the rest of the campaign.

    U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who waited the longest among Democrats to start buying television ads, spent just a little over $1 million, and thus has more than $5 million to put into the rest of the campaign. Schwartz just started TV advertising on Monday. She reported $355,000 in contributions from the feminist group Emily’s List.

    State Treasurer Rob McCord raised just $567,000 in the first three months of the year, and, because he’s been advertising on television for several weeks, he’s spent more and has less on hand that Schwartz. McCord spent nearly $3 million  and reported about $3.6 million on hand as of March 31. The McCord campaign also reports $2.1 million in debts, most of that owed to McCord himself.

    And former state environmental secretary Katie McGinty managed to raise more than $1.1 million in the first quarter. She has less on hand than her three rivals, with about $1.6 million in the bank.

    Meanwhile Gov. Tom Corbett’s campaign reports that he raised $1.9 million and has $5.9 million in his war chest.

    Here are the Democratic candidates’ fundraising and spending totals for the first quarter of 2014:

    Candidate On hand January 1 Raised Spent On Hand March 31 Debts
    Tom Wolf $11,804,398 $611,407 $5,358,259 $7,057,546 $0
    Allyson Schwartz $4,628,273 $1,554,892 $1,034,959 $5,148,206 $0
    Rob McCord $6,058,744 $567,649 $2,995,495 $3,630,899 $2,150,000
    Katie McGinty $1,775,358 $1,102,857 $1,259,855 $1,618,361 $535,000

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