PA-Gov: McGinty Releases Two New Ads (Watch)

Gubernatorial hopeful Katie McGinty released two new 15-second clips that will air on television statewide.

The first one, entitled “Work” details McGinty’s work as a “job-creating environmentalist.” This refers to her stint as DEP Secretary, where she claims to have helped attract clean energy companies to Pennsylvania and create thousands of jobs.

mcginty clinton ad“Katie McGinty brought $1 billion in new investment and created thousands of Pennsylvania jobs as our Environment Secretary,” a narrator says. “As governor, she’ll get us back to work.”

But McGinty’s experience in environmental policy extends beyond Pennsylvania – she was a White House policy adviser under President Bill Clinton where she worked on energy and environment issues.

The second ad, “Severance Tax,” focuses on McGinty’s proposal to create a severance tax for oil and gas companies and her plans for the money gained.

“When oil and gas companies don’t pay their fair share, the middle-class pays more in property taxes,” McGinty says to the camera. “I’ll impose a tax on those companies and use every penny to restore the Corbett education cuts.”

McGinty was one of the first gubernatorial candidate to call for a severance tax on natural gas drilling, and her plan is slightly more nuanced than the rest. It’s a two-tier structure comparable to West Virginia, but still at a lower rate and the lowest rate among her competitors whose plans range from 5% to 10%.

In the Democratic race for the party nomination, McGinty faces State Treasurer Rob McCord, former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, and Rep. Allyson Schwartz.

Lt. Gov: Neuman Wins Support Of Erie Dems

Rep. Neuman

Rep. Neuman

State Rep. Brandon Neuman gained the support of some influential Democrats from his Erie County stomping grounds in the race for Pennsylvania’s next lieutenant governor.

PA lawmakers Reps. Ryan Bizzarro of Millcreek, Patrick Harkins of Erie, and Flo Fabrizio, also of Erie, have pledged their support to their colleague Neuman.

“I think Brandon has what it takes for the job,” Bizzarro said. “He’s been effective at getting the job done for Pennsylvanians, despite having an overwhelming Republican majority in both chambers.” Bizzarro also counts Neuman among his close friends, believing he’s the best person to help propel the Commonwealth forward as lieutenant governor.

Several other Erie County Dems have thrown their support behind Neuman, including Erie City Councilman Bob Merski, Erie County Councilmen Jay Breneman, Phil Fatica and Andre Horton, and former Erie County Councilwoman Joy Greco, who is also an elected Millcreek Township auditor.

“I think our representation from the western half of Pennsylvania needs to be taken into account when we elect a governor and lieutenant governor,” Greco said. She believes Neuman would be a welcome addition to the Democratic ticket.

Neuman is a lawyer who’s currently in his second term in the House. He’s one of five Democrats hoping to get the party nomination on the May 20 primary. He faces State Senator Mike Stack, Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith, Congressman Mark Critz and Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski.

Current Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley is running unopposed for the Republican nod.

PA-Gov: New Schwartz Ad Decries “Old Boys Club” (Watch)

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz unveiled a new television ad where she promises to break through the status quo of Harrisburg as Pennsylvania’s next governor.

Aptly titled “Break Through,” Schwartz critiques the state of affairs in the state capitol while promoting her record of accomplishment in spite of it.

“We do all know that the old boys club exists in Harrisburg…And, I have to tell you that it is holding us back… because when they get together, they’re not talking about you.They’re talking about how to look out for each other… protect the status quo… and it’s got to be dealt with,” Schwartz says to an audience.

“We need a governor who can make this difference,” she continues, now on the street meeting with young families. “I know how to break through that boys club and get things done for Pennsylvania families. That’s always been my priority. It’s why I’m running.”

schwartz adThe 30-second ad will run in the same size buy she started last week, and can be seen in just the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh markets.

Schwartz was the last candidate for governor to join the airwaves and is consistently polling second in the race, behind media-saturating former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf.

State Treasurer Rob McCord and former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty are also running for the Democratic nomination for governor.

PA Gov: Guzzardi To Appear on Ballot



Republican Bob Guzzardi will be on the ballot for Governor.

A Commonwealth Court judge denied the challenge of four voters who had the backing of PA GOP. Below is the decision:

It is ordered that the Petition to Set Aside the Nomination Petition of Robert Guzzardi as a candidate of the Republican Party for the office of Governor filed by Richard W. Stewart, Robert K. Robinson, Richard Tems and Donna M. Cosmello is denied. It is further ordered that each party shall bear their own costs . The chief clerk is ordered to notify the parties hereto and their counsel of this order and also certify a copy hereof to the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


It can be read here, on page 8.

Barring an appeal, Guzzardi will face Governor Tom Corbett in the primary.

“Today’s ruling by Judge Leavitt is a victory for the democratic process and Republican primary voters. It recognizes that candidates like Bob Guzzardi who obtain the required number of petition signatures and meet the spirit of the Election Code’s ballot access requirements should be allowed to serve as a choice for the people in determining who will represent them in government,” Gretchen Coles Sterns, Attorney for Guzzardi for Governor said in a statement following the ruling. “Bob Guzzardi has a vision to create jobs and reform state government, and Republican primary voters want and deserve to hear that vision. I would hope that the Pennsylvania GOP would honor Judge Leavitt’s ruling and embrace the spirit of competition which has always made America greater.”

The Court’s full decision is here:

Guzzardi petition decision

PA-Gov: McCord Spends Down With Big Media Buys



State Treasurer Rob McCord raised $567,649.84 in the first three months of 2014 for his gubernatorial bid.

He carried about $6 million over from 2013, and after spending nearly $3 million dollars this year, he was left with $3.6 million after the January 1 to March 31 reporting period.

McCord didn’t incur any new debt during this period, but still holds on to $2.1 million in loans from last year, including a sizeable one from himself.


McCord’s contributions come mostly from large donors, with just $16,782.56 in small donations. He did pick up a decent amount from in-kind donations, $32,800.41 total, $27,500 of which comes from a survey from PSEA.

Labor groups have overwhelming endorsed McCord, and their support has come with financial assistance as well, including $75,000 from the Mid-Atlantic Laborer’s Political League and $25,000 from the IBEW PAC Voluntary Fund.

Former gubernatorial candidate, Ed Pawlowski donated $10,000 to McCord from his PAC.

He also scored support from some wealthy individuals, including $50,000 each from Lawrence Kanavy of Trevdan Inc and Anil Kothari of Procurian; $25,000 from Robert McNeil of Penguin Industries; and $30,000 from Norton Cooper of Chatam International.


Besides the cost of their media buys, McCord’s spending was reasonable. There were the regular staff expenses, PA Democrats fee for their voter data and professional consulting fees for the Dover Strategy Group, Link Strategies, Seven Points Consulting and Buzzmaker LLC.

AKPD Message & Media placed McCord’s television advertisements to the tune of $2,330,640.

McCord was the third of the Democrats to release ads, but dove in with decently large buys and well-produced ads focused on his background, public education and his media-proclaimed title of “Corbett Slayer.”

McCord faces Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf and former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty.

PA-Gov: Corbett Releases New Education-Focused Ad (Video)

Governor Tom Corbett, fighting to keep his gubernatorial position, released a new ad in his Corbett-Cawley campaign touting the increase in education funding under Corbett’s leadership.

The video, which stars his wife Susan Corbett, focuses on the $1.5 billion in education spending that Corbett signed off during his time as governor. Both Corbett and his wife are former public school teachers.

“So Tom and I are grandparents now,” the First Lady of PA starts off proudly. She goes on to talk about the child her daughter adopted, and how important he is in the Corbetts’ lives.

“I think what Tom worries about the most is what do we have to do to make Pennsylvania a better place for our children, for our grandchildren,” Susan continues. She mentions the fact that she and her husband were both teachers, citing this as one of the reasons that education is very important to both of them.

“He’s increased spending in the education department by $1.5 billion over what it was when he came into office,” she says. “Pennsylvania is at the highest it’s ever been for spending in education.” Susan also points out that PA is now among the top states in spending per student.

corbett family ad“Tom wants to see results, and those results are kids that are graduating, they’re ready for a career, they’re ready for college,” she lists.

Rounding it up, Susan says that every child deserves a “good start” in their education, and it’s this devotion to students that drives her husband “every day he’s in office.”

Education has polled as the most important issue for Pennsylvania voters this year, and Democrats have been quick to hit Corbett on the lower levels of funding as compared to Governor Ed Rendell’s terms when the state received greater federal funding.

After being named the most vulnerable state governor in the country by the Washington Post for nine months running, Corbett is giving the gubernatorial race his all. His recently released campaign finance report places his total raised at $1.4 million, with nearly $6 million in cash on hand.

While Corbett’s only Republican challenger, Bob Guzzardi, is in the midst of fighting a petition challenge, his Democratic opponents are certainly giving him a run for his money. From the left-wing, Corbett faces former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, State Treasurer Rob McCord, Rep. Allyson Schwartz, and former PA DEP Secretary Katie McGinty.

4/15 Morning Buzz

pa flagWe look into Corbett’s fundraising, Shuster hits Halvorson in new ad and Costello raises $344K. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov: Corbett Raises 1.4 Mil, Spends 3 Mil: The incumbent spent double what he raised in the first three months of the year.

PA-Gov: Robert Kennedy, Jr. to Campaign for McGinty: The son of Robert F Kennedy will appear in Scranton with Katie McGinty this week.

Lt. Gov.: Neuman Raises 65k: The Western PA State Rep. brought in 65k for Lt Gov and an additional 12k for his reelection.

PA-9: Shuster Reloads Against Halvorson In New Ad (Video): The Congressman turns the tables on his opponent, accusing him of not being a conservative.

PA-6: Costello Racks Up 344k In Q1: Although running unopposed in the primary, Republican Ryan Costello has secured a sizeable nest egg for the general.

PA-13: Arkoosh Touts Medical Experience, ACA in Latest Web Ad (VIDEO): The video describes the story of Sarah, a patient who faced a pre-existing condition.

PA-13: Leach Earns PSEA and NEA Endorsements: The Democratic candidate in the 13th district won the backing of the largest teacher’s union in the state and the nation.

PA-3: LaVallee Raises Nearly 100K: The first-time candidate files his campaign’s first finance report.

Free Market Group Advertises for Toomey: The Coalition for Mortgage Security is beginning an advertising campaign in support of Pat Toomey and other pro-property rights Senators.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-36: The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers announced their support of State Representative Erin Molchany. Representing 3,000 active and retired teachers, paraprofessionals, and technical-clerical workers in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, the PFT represents the most teachers in Molchany’s legislative district. Molchany faces fellow incumbent Democratic Rep. Harry Readshaw in the primary.

Daily Beast: Lone Wolf Winning in Pennsylvania
State House Sound Bites: Tavern gaming glitch may have cooled expansion efforts
State House Sound Bites: Senator: loan bank for flood zone homes faces long odds
PA Independent: Johnstown hands out excessive pensions as it deals with $24M in debt
StateImpactPA: Fracking forum will focus on the economic impact of drilling in Pennsylvania

PhillyClout: Libertarian City Council candidate facing new federal drug troubles
PhillyClout: Milton Street: I’m running for mayor in 2015
Daily News: Kane, Williams and the sting with staying power
Inquirer: A long shot with high hopes
Inquirer: A political scuffle over vacant Point Breeze lots
WHYY Newsworks: Tavern gaming glitch may have cooled Pa. expansion efforts
WHYY Newsworks: No mention of McCord’s stepdad on Pa. candidate’s website

Courier Times: Livestream of Tuesday’s Bucks County congressional debate
Courier Times: Trumbauersville councilman named head of state boroughs group
AP: McCord defends single-mom message in Pa. governor campaign
PublicSource: Will Pa. corruption scandals result in ethics reform?

Business Journal: CB Financial Services and FedFirst Financial plan to merge
Business Journal: Report: Pittsburgh ranks as world’s fifth most-resilient city
Post-Gazette: Heinz offers buyout to majority of Pittsburgh-area workforce
Post-Gazette: Firefighters’ union sues over Act 47 decision
Tribune-Review: FBI administrator in Washington named to head Pittsburgh Division
Tribune-Review: Allegheny County police, medical examiner earn key accreditations
UrbanMediaToday: The Black Entrepreneur Series Part Two – Thinking Outside the Box: Valuable Resources and Creative Financing Options

Altoona Mirror: Tyrone schools seeing success with Chromebook program
Altoona Mirror: Area’s candy producers say Easter week is one of their busiest times each year
Beaver County Times: Sheriff to serve house arrest
Beaver County Times: Obama, Biden change plans, head to CCAC
Observer-Reporter: McCord defends single-mom message in Pa. campaign
Observer-Reporter: Canon-McMillan approves preliminary budget

Times Leader: Dem governor hopefuls state stances on guns
Times Leader: Greater W-B Chamber search chugs on
Times-Tribune: Luzerne County judge grants injunction in Sherman Hills sale
Times-Tribune: Act 47 exit timetable a needed step, Pew researcher says
Times-Tribune: Scranton run raises thousands for brain tumor research

South Central
Patriot News: Communities need to innovate as volunteer firefighter shortage reaches crisis levels
Patriot News: House Democrats, union say not so fast on plan for full liquor privatization in Pa.
Patriot News: Responding to active shooting incidents, blight, are topics at township officials’ conference
York Daily Record: Legalize chickens in York?
Lancaster Intelligencer: Bill would allow people with disabilities to save tax-free
Carlisle Sentinel: South Middleton sets meeting for Spring Meadows Park construction plan

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Exeter school board plans to vote Tuesday on possible merger with Antietam
WFMZ: Nazareth gas spill is still contaminating the water supply
Express Times: Northampton County fires Stephen DeSalva, former director of public works
Morning Call: Bethlehem schools could cut 22 teachers
Morning Call: Saucon Valley School Board: Teachers ‘on the wrong path’
Morning Call: Abortion activist sues township, police over free speech rights

North by Northwest
Onward State: For the Future Campaign Raises $2.158 Billion
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Study: Shale drilling created a ‘boom and bust’
Centre Daily Times: Paterno family asks judge to force NCAA to hand over material

WHYY Newsworks: The attack on voting rights could hurt Philadelphia the most
Capitolwire: POINT OF ORDER: Sidestepping the FDA isn’t the answer in medical marijuana matter
Lancaster Intelligencer: Enabling people with disabilities
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Military members succumb after they return from duty
Post-Gazette: Lots of growth: The land bank could boost city neighborhoods
Tribune-Review: Vladimir the corrupt: Up the sanctions against Putin

Citizens’ Call: Grassroots Group Sponsors PA-13 Forum This Wed. in Abington
Media Trackers: Pennsylvania Public Unions Ready to Rumble
Media Trackers: Liberal Republicans Push Severance Tax With Sophistry
PA Budget and Policy Center: A Look at Shale Drilling’s Mixed Legacy

PA-Gov: Corbett Raises 1.4 Mil, Spends 3 Mil

Gov. Corbett

Gov. Corbett

Governor Tom Corbett outraised all but one of his Democratic challengers, but spent double what he brought in.

“Our campaign is in a strong position from a fundraising and organizational perspective. We are executing our plan that is rooted in building a grassroots structure with a heavy emphasis on using new technologies and data that will help us share Governor Corbett’s message and record with the voters,” Corbett’s campaign manager Mike Barley said in a statement.

He outraised former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty and State Treasurer Rob McCord and was only beat by Rep. Allyson Schwartz in this reporting period.

Out of the five candidates, he is second in cash on hand with $5,935,250.32, falling behind Wolf.


Corbett’s largest contribution comes from multi-millionaire and part-owner of the Phillies, John S. Middleton of Bradford Holdings who contributed $250,000 to the incumbent governor.

While no other individual or group topped Middleton, energy and infrastructure organizations lined up to support Corbett. The governor made transportation funding a priority last year and after much political wrangling, the General Assembly passed and Corbett signed a $2.3 billion transportation package.

The Constructors Association of Western PA PAC wrote a $50,000 check, Transportation Construction Industries PAC wrote one for $15,000 and Murray Energy PAC contributed $40,000.

Corbett scored a lot of contributions from organizations, mostly pro-business, but also had a few wealthy friends, in addition to Middleton, that helped him reach the $1.4 mil mark. Raymond Hoover, Edward Stack, Robert Asher and Brian Rich each contributed $25,000.

$78,688.04 of his total raised came from donations of less than $250.


If you’ve ever wanted to solve the mystery of how to spent $3 million in three months, look no further than the expenditures section of Corbett’s finance report. He spent $2,997,246.72 between January 1 and March 31 and doesn’t have a serious primary opponent (Bob Guzzardi remains in ballot-limbo, and raised a mere $4,500 during this period).

A couple thousand went to Quantum Communications for consulting, another couple thousand to each KC Consulting and The Tarrance Group for research and about $270,000 to the PA GOP for staff and other expenses.

The major expenditures were media consulting from Brabender Cox and voter outreach from Behavior Matrix.

Behavior was paid about $375,000 for their voter outreach services.

Brabender took in $282,000 for production costs, website management and professional services. They also did the media placement for Corbett’s television ads, which cost the campaign about $1.4 million.

PA-Gov: Robert Kennedy, Jr. to Campaign for McGinty

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The son of Robert F. Kennedy will campaign for former DEP Secretary and gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty this week.

On Thursday, the two will appear together in Scranton, Pa.

“I am honored to have a true environmental leader like Robert Kennedy Jr. campaign for me this week. He and his family have been pillars of the Democratic Party for decades and their commitment to protecting the environment while fighting to strengthen the middle class is unmatched,” McGinty said.

Kennedy serves as Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and President of Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic. Earlier in his career he served as Assistant District Attorney in New York City.

He’s been politically active in the past, having worked on the presidential campaigns of Edward M. Kennedy in 1980, Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004.

This isn’t the first time that a big national figure has come to McGinty’s aid – Al Gore endorsed her in February and former head of the Democratic Governor’s Association Bill Richardson held a fundraiser for her last month.

McGinty faces State Treasurer Rob McCord, former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf and Rep. Allyson Schwartz for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Lt. Gov.: Neuman Raises 65k

Rep. Neuman

Rep. Neuman

State Rep. Brandon Neuman reported raising $65,651 in the first three months of 2014 for his Lt Gov. bid and an additional $12,550 for his reelection to the General Assembly.

After expenses, he was left with $45,530 on hand in his Lt Gov account, which puts him in third out of the five candidates remaining in the field. He falls behind State Senator Mike Stack and Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith.


Neuman scored a decent bit of financial support from his colleagues in the House, including $250 from Reps. Eddie Pashinski and Mike Schlossberg; and $1,000 each from Reps. Mike Carroll, Paul Costa and Rob Matzie.

$20,000 came from his State Rep. account.

He earned a lot of smaller, individual contributions but also some bigger checks, including $10,000 from the Carpenters Legislative Program of Greater Pennsylvania, $5,000 from the Steamfitters Local 449 PAC Fund and $15,000 from Robert Pierce, Jr. of Robert Pierce and Associates of Pittsburgh.


Neuman spent just over $20,000 between January 1 and March 31, mostly on printing and staff, including Harrisburg social media guru Sara Bozich .

He spent about $27,000 from his State Rep account, $20,000 of which went to his LG campaign as a contribution.

In addition to Smith and Stack, Neuman faces former Congressman Mark Critz and Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski for the Democratic nomination for Lt. Gov.

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