Kathleen Kane, the Democratic candidate for Pa. Attorney General, has raised $1.77 million since the April primary. Her campaign announced the figure Tuesday and said that she has $1.44 million cash on hand.
The figure includes $300,000 Kane says she raised since Sept. 17, largely as a result of being targeted by a national GOP group. That amount will not be included in today’s finance report, her campaign said, because it came in after the deadline.
Update: Republican Dave Freed raised $869,000 and has $1.02 million on hand, reports John Micek of the Allentown Morning Call.
The news comes after days of back-and-forth between Kane’s campaign and the Republican State Leadership Committee, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit that aired a television ad attacking Kane. The ad, which is on the air in Philadelphia to the tune of $500,000, subsequently came under scrutiny for claims that were later refuted. It was replace with another, similar ad.
“This fundraising success, along with recent public polling showing Kathleen with a steady lead over her opponent, demonstrates that Pennsylvanians are excited about electing an experienced, tough and independent prosecutor like Kathleen to be our next Attorney General.” said Communications Director Josh Morrow.
“But it also shows why the Freed-Corbett team permits this vicious and untrue attack ad on Kathleen,” Morrow added.
She’ll need the money. PoliticsPA spoke with several media consultants from both parties about the impact of the ad, and all agreed that it’s likely done more damage than can be undone with positive press.
Her best play, they said, would be to go on the offensive with her own ads and indignantly refute the GOP spot. Additionally she should link the RSLC to her opponent, Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed.
Kane outraised her primary opponent, former Rep. Patrick Murphy, by about half a million dollars. $1.75 million of that came from Kane’s husband.
Update: Kane’s campaign says none of the money raised is from Kathleen or her family.
State row office candidates must file a report of their campaign finances through Sept. 17 by the close of business today, Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Freed’s campaign has not yet announced it fundraising figures.