Superior Court: First Quarter Republican Fundraising

1200px-Seal_of_the_Superior_Court_of_Pennsylvania.svgThe fundraising totals for the Republican candidates running for the Superior Court are in, and a few candidates are pulling ahead while others are lagging behind.  

Judge Wade Kagarise moves into the second quarter fundraising with $22,677.96 cash on hand (COH), just under $10,000 ahead of the Craig Stedman who was the closest to Kagarise’s COH.  Stedman has $12,970.79 COH.  Judge Paula Patrick is in third with $12,488.07 COH, Judge Emil Giordano is in fourth with $1,950 COH, and Judge Mary Murray is last with $291.85 COH.  

Kagarise also lead the pack in terms for fundraising, raising $35,785.72.  Murray was the second most proficient fundraiser raising $26,420.  Patrick came in third with $17,880, Stedman raised $14,912.74, and Giordano came in last raising $1,950.  

Giordano, Kagarise, Patrick, and Stedman were all endorsed by the PA GOP, giving them access to the party’s infrastructure for petition signatures, door knocking efforts, and get out the votes efforts.  In judicial elections where name recognition is low, access to this infrastructure will help them, especially those are having trouble fundraising.  

The laws concerning fundraising for judicial elections can make it harder for campaigns to fundraise in traditional ways.  In these elections, the candidate them self cannot ask for money directly.

The candidates are competing for four open seats on the Superior Court.

April 17th, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Judicial | 4 Comments

4 thoughts on “Superior Court: First Quarter Republican Fundraising”

  1. Steve says:

    It’s not surprising that Democratic judicial candidates outraise Republicans. Who wouldn’t…. If you had millions of dollars pouring in from fat unions and trial lawyers to Democratic candidates.

  2. jim says:

    Galt is correct PAGOP will spend money on a mailer and/or robocalls to crush Murray. Then they will have no money and get swept in the fall. As long as they protect the precious endorsement, that’s all that matters.

  3. John Galt says:

    Mark S.- Don’t put the cart before the horse. And no, Murray will not win.

  4. Mark S. says:

    As expected, the Republicans cannot raise money. Compare this with the Dems. This is going to be another judicial sweep in the Fall. Looks like Val Digiorgio is just as good as Gleason with fundraising. I hope Mary Murray takes out one of these endorsed candidates. I hear the tea party people are rallying around her. I think Stedman might lose in the Primary.

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