PA-Gov: Wolf Finishing Strong In Fundraising
In the second Friday pre-primary financial report released by the Wolf campaign, they raised $638,092 from April 1st to May 5th. Even more importantly, they spent a mammoth $6,088,214 over that time period and still have $1,608,234 cash on hand.
Among Wolf’s haul was about $36,000 in PAC money, which is somewhat smaller than expected considering the overall amount. Nevertheless, among the PACs to support him were the Eckert Seamans PA PAC, which gave $10,000. Additionally, Johnstown Regional PAC contributed $5,000 while Clark Hill Thorp Reed PAC added $2,500.
Perhaps more intriguingly, Wolf received support from the campaign coffers of several elected officials. Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald was the most generous with $10,000 yet Wolf also received support from State Reps. Eddie Day Pashinski ($2,000) and Frank Burns ($1,000), as well as State Sen. Judy Schwank ($500) and Erie County Councilman Kyle Foust ($300).
The most eye-popping numbers, though, were the amounts of money the Wolf campaign dished out to keep their noteworthy media effort going through May 20th. A substantial $5,155,334 went to Shorr Johnson Magnus on media buys and production to create and continually broadcast those now famous Wolf campaign ads.
They also used $122,528 on online advertising and services from Groundswell Public Strategies. The front-runner is staying on top of polling as well as, shelling out $103,600 to Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. The rest of Wolf’s spending mostly goes to traditional sources like salaries, payroll taxes, and office supplies.
Overall, Wolf is currently in fine financial shape as the countdown to the primary winds down.