State Rep. Eugene DePasquale (D-York) is working those phones. The Democratic Auditor General hopeful raised about $244,000 over the past 5 months, including over $150,000 from labor groups. Republican hopeful John Maher (R-Allegheny) brought in about $153,000 in the same time period.
The position of Auditor General, which essentially serves as a watchdog for Pennsylvania taxpayers, ensures that all money is deposited into the Pennsylvania state treasury, all the while being handled legally and properly.
DePasquale received a total of $243,975 in campaign donations from May 15 through September 17 and has $182,705 cash on hand. His top two donors are the political action committee of SEIU ($25,000) and the Pa. State Education Association ($16,000).
During this period, John Maher received a total of $152,952.64 in campaign donations, and has $86,383.67 on hand. His top two contributions came from the PA Future Fund, a pro-business political action committee ($25,000) and Pa. Sen. Jake Corman’s campaign ($10,000). He also loaned $50,000 to his campaign.
Both candidates received numerous contributions from their Pa. House colleagues.
However Maher, who founded an auditing firm and is independently wealthy, has a practically unlimited ability to boost his own campaign and catch up with DePasquale down the stretch. So far, Maher has loaned his campaign $303,263.
Maher wouldn’t say that he would refuse to be outspent, but told PoliticsPA that he would have enough to get his message out.