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PHL-15: Another Outside Group Airs Pro-Kenney Ad

Jim-Kenney-AdIt seems like Jim Kenney has no shortage of outside help.

Just two weeks after a labor-related super PAC helped Kenney be the first candidate on the airwaves, another independent expenditure group is launching an ad in favor of the former City Councilman.

Forward Pennsylvania — a recently created nonprofit supported by progressives, LGBT activists, unionized teachers and other labor unions — has funded a television ad supporting Kenney, a copy of which was obtained by The Inquirer.

The 30-second spot calls Kenney “a progressive voice who will be a mayor for our neighborhoods.” It boasts Kenney’s endorsements, specifically that of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO and Philadelphia teachers.

According to the ad, Kenney will work to expand free kindergarten, improve the school system and partner with different sectors of the city to create jobs. The spot stresses Kenney’s work as a Councilman “representing the whole city.”

Forward Pennsylvania’s pro-Kenney push comes just days after frontrunner State Sen. Anthony Williams released his first campaign television ad — paid for out of his own campaign war chest.

But that’s not to say Williams isn’t receiving a little independent expenditure help of his own. A group of Susquehanna business executives lent a hand to Williams’ campaign toward the beginning of February, and another independent group, American Cities, is expected to soon run ads touting the State Senator.

Recently, though, it’s Kenney who’s stolen a bit of the spotlight, racking in a number of influential labor endorsements. And for Forward Pennsylvania, the former City Councilman is “the block-by-block mayor we need to move Philadelphia ahead.”

Kenney’s campaign told the Inquirer on Tuesday that he was not aware of Forward Pennsylvania’s efforts.

March 26th, 2015 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Local races, Top Stories | No Comments