Fundraising Report: Democratic Supreme Court Nominees
Money is the mother’s milk of politics.
With three seats available on the commonwealth’s highest court this November, the parties have a nearly unprecedented opportunity to influence state law for years to come.
As a result, it shouldn’t be surprising that large sums of money are being thrown around. In this installment, we look at the latest fundraising numbers from the three Democratic nominees for the State Supreme Court: Christine Donohue, Kevin Dougherty and David Wecht.
These numbers cover the period of June 19th to September 22nd.
Superior Court Judge Christine Donohue pulled in $563,266.45 over the last three months. Along with $75,577.71 in expenditures, that leaves her with $510,648.61 cash on hand. Finally, she has $69,206 in debt and other obligations.
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Kevin Dougherty raised $664,210 during this fourth cycle. He spent $286,980.59 and currently holds $511,595.06 COH. Dougherty is carrying $45,026.51 worth of debts.
Fellow Superior Court Judge David Wecht, though, had far and away the best fundraising period.
Wecht brought in $1,190,905 and spent $92,038.68. Altogether that leaves him with $1,108,140.79 cash on hand. That COH number is more than his fellow nominees’ combined totals. He does hold the most debt, however, with $135,00.
Judge Wecht was so happy with his haul that he sent out a press release touting it.
“This historic race is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will require significant resources to both educate the voters and get Judge Wecht’s message of reform out across Pennsylvania,” stated Wecht’s Campaign Manager Mitch Kates. “Starting out this election cycle with strong numbers like these helps ensure that we can run an effective campaign, and puts us in a strong position to win on November 3.”
We’ll have similar reports for the GOP Supreme Court nominees and for the other judicial offices in the days to come.