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DePasquale Rides Union Contributions to Auditor Fundraising Lead

State Rep. Eugene DePasquale (D-York)

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.

10 Responses

  1. Tell me a union endorses a candidate and I will tell you I will not vote for them. Trumpka, past-president Stern, Hoffa and others of their ilk are not exactly the people I want to have influence on my elected representatives.

  2. Dear “Rob” @ 5:33 a.m.:

    You don’t need to be an attorney to understand English grammar, do you? If you understood basic English, you would know to use “you’re” rather than “your.” I know this is difficult to grasp, but “your” and “you’re” are two very different words, and you chose poorly. Additionally, it should be “an attorney” rather than “a Attorney.” So many errors in just one tiny sentence. Even my little daughter wouldn’t make those mistakes, and she is in 4th Grade.

    I didn’t know you have to be “a Attorney for a guilty client” [sic, from your pathetic writing] to know the difference between fact and opinion. Another fact is House Speaker Sam Smith and more than one of his top staffers received immunity and testified before the grand jury in both the Bonusgate and Computergate investigations.

    Don’t worry, all of us understand it will take your tiny mind quite some time to process.

  3. @Tim,

    I know FACTS are inconvenient, but please try to pay attention to them. FACT: Several current Corbett Administration employees (not protected by Civil Service or collective bargaining agreement) received immunity and testified before a grand jury in the “Computergate” case. FACT: Several current House Republican Caucus employees received immunity and testified before a grand jury in the “Computergate” case. FACT: Prosecutors almost always provide immunity to those who testify and have no criminal liability out of an investigation.

    Last time I checked, Governor Corbett was supporting Rep. John Maher. Rep. Maher was a member of the House Republican Caucus when Computergate happened, and remains a member. Also, those who work on Rep. DePasquale’s campaign had no charges filed against them and do not work in government.

  4. At least he did not hire somebody that recieved immunity from BONUS gate to run his campaign like Eugene DePasquale did!

  5. John Maher voted himself the illegal pay raise AND the 50% percent pension increase. Great candidate!

  6. The fundraising returns for the GOP candidates running for Auditor General, Attorney General and Treasurer show the power of the Corbett money machine. He cleared the field for these three fine specimens of Republicanhood. He pledged that his hand picked candidates would enjoy the full support of his formidable apparatus.

    Ok. So it is not showing up, yet. But it will and when it does the three will all say, “Governor Tom is making it rain up in here!.’

  7. Based on the Philadelphia Enquirer and Pittsburgh Post Gazette Endorsements, we need the Auditor for Auditor General!
    we can not afford to let the Union money control the office!

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