In the first financial reports of the year, Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro underlined his party-favorite status by raising an impressive $2 million, while Allegheny County DA Stephen Zappala now has more than $1 million to spend on the final push.
Northampton County DA John Morganelli is falling behind in the fundraising stakes, bringing in just $118K during the first cycle.
The race is becoming a battle of Philly vs. Pittsburgh, with Shapiro locking in SEPA’s donors while Zappala’s financial report could double as the Pittsburgh Bar Association directory.
Former State Rep. Shapiro has almost double Zappala’s cash stockpile – with $1,806,066 on hand – though his numbers were padded by a huge $1.215 million contribution from his 2015 re-election campaign.
Zappala raised $611,390 and spent almost $108K in the first cycle of 2016. Zappala loaned his AG campaign $200K of his own money, just enough to top the million-dollar mark – $1,005,390.
Morganelli spent just over $23K in the first cycle, but has a solid warchest to work with ($607,224.70).
Shapiro – who turned down a run at Pat Toomey’s Senate seat – picked up $1,000+ donations from 148 people in the first cycle, including an $11K donation from Gov. Tom Wolf. His biggest donors were e-commerce billionaire Michael Rubin ($50K), Kohelet Foundation Pres. David Magerman ($50K) and controversial developer Israel Roizman ($45K).
38 Philadelphians donated over $83K to Shapiro, 8 from Bryn Mawr kicked in $13,250 and 10 from Jenkintown contributed $8,850. Shapiro pulled in just $3,800 from 5 donors in Pittsburgh. 30 out-of-staters chipped in $78,250.
On top of the Friends of Josh Shapiro’s million-dollar-plus contribution, the Commissioner picked up 18 donations of $5,000+ from PACs.
Former AG candidate Jack Stollsteimer chipped in $1,500 after endorsing Shapiro in January, while the Philadelphia Eagles contributed $1,000.
Larry Ceisler, owner of one of PoliticsPA’s parent companies Ceisler Media and Issue Advocacy, contributed $2,000 to Shapiro’s campaign.
Allegheny County DA Zappala’s uncle Charles loaned him $25K, while his father donated $25K and his brother, Gregory, gave another $10K. In all, Zappala and his family gave more than $265K to his campaign.
Predictably, Pittsburgh came out in force behind Zappala, with 80 donors giving over $106K. Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein contributed $25K, while Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald pitched in $10K. Zappala picked up just $600 from two Philadelphians.
Zappala also picked up strong support from state legislators, with contributions from State Sens. Jay Costa, John Yudichak, Wayne Fontana and Jim Brewster, as well as U.S. Congressman Michael Doyle.
Though he had just 19 $1,000+ donors, Morganelli found strong support close to home: 25 in Bethlehem contributed $31,900, 11 in Easton contributed $6,400 and 6 in Allentown contributed $4,750. Sen. Lisa Boscola gave $3,000 to Morganelli’s campaign.
The Northampton County DA raised $32,500 from PACs and businesses
Shapiro spent almost $200K in the first cycle of the year, with more than a quarter ($53,433.80) going to Philadelphia consulting firm Shorr Johnson Magnus. Shapiro spent $19K on digital consulting from Des Moines-based GPS Impact. Shapiro also paid Global Strategy Group and Square Group, Inc. $10K each for consulting.
Access to the PA Democratic Party’s voter file cost Shapiro $6,667.
Morganelli spent $3,102 on consulting from PEP Advantage and $3,000 for consulting from Fletcher/Rowley. Morganelli also paid Thomas Sevorson $3,164 for consulting and polling.