John Hanger, the former PA. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary who is seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, announced that his campaign has raised $200,000 since he announced his bid in November.
“I am gratified by the strong financial support that we are attracting even at this early stage.” said Hanger in a release. “Our fundraising success and our strong poll numbers give my campaign a great start. We will make Tom Corbett a one-term governor.”
The year end report that Hanger filed today will show that he raised $53,740 by December 31, he said.
Financial standing will be a key factor in what appears to be an increasingly crowded field of potential Democratic candidates, including state Treasurer Rob McCord and former Congressman Joe Sestak.
PoliticsPA is seeking clarification from Hanger’s campaign as to whether the $200K is money that has actually come in the door and gone into the campaign account, or whether the figure reflects money that has been pledged to the campaign – an important distinction in fundraising.
Unless they contribute to statewide judicial candidates in 2013, gubernatorial hopefuls will not need to file any fundraising reports again until Jan. 31, 2014 – meaning there is no way to verify Hanger’s or others’ fundraising claims for the next 12 months.
No matter what the case, Hanger and most of the prospective 2014 candidates have some catching up to do with Corbett. The Governor reported having $2.05 million on hand at the end of 2011. His 2012 year end report is not yet online.