Republican Dave Freed leads Democrat Kathleen Kane $440,000 to $2,000 according to the latest campaign finance reports in their Attorney General contest. Kane spent roughly $2 million – most of it in loans from her family – to clear a competitive primary; Freed was unopposed.
Kane is a former prosecutor from Lackawanna County; Freed is the District Attorney of Cumberland County.
Kane faced a tough opponent in former Congressman Patrick Murphy and the campaign was expensive – complete with a high-visibility television battle. After she won, Kane enjoyed a week of favorable headlines.
So far, it appears it was money well spent. In the most recent poll of the race by Public Policy Polling, Kane lead Freed 42 to 33 percent.
Her campaign dismissed the cash on hand disparity, noting the report only covers through May 14.
“Dave Freed will have to outspend Kathleen Kane significantly to make up the ground he’s behind in public and private polling,” said Communications Director Josh Morrow. “Kathleen Kane has gotten a great reception from donors since her come-from-behind victory and will have the resources needed to bring change to Harrisburg.”
The race will be hard-fought. Most GOP politicos agree that this office is the top priority of Governor (and former AG) Tom Corbett.
Freed’s camp celebrated the haul, and took a jab at Kane.
“We understand the our billionaire opponent can write a check at any time, but our most recent filing attests to the fact that David Freed’s message and proven experience for the job are clearly connecting with voters across the commonwealth,” said Freed Campaign Manager Tim Kelly.
More on the fundraising, via the AP:
Freed’s largest contribution — $25,000 — came from a political committee headed by GOP national committeeman Robert Asher. Kane and her husband, Chris, contributed more than $30,000 each to her campaign. The Haviland Law Firm in Philadelphia gave her $15,000.