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July 18 Playbook: Money, Money, Money


Oz Fundraising Disappoints; No Problems With Drop Boxes; VP Harris Visits Philadelphia; Mastriano Movie Premiere. Here is the Playbook.

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1. Oz Releases Disappointing Fundraising Numbers.

The second quarter financial numbers are out and they don’t look good for the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate – Mehmet Oz.

The celebrity doctor has $1,126.263.43 cash on hand after a quarter that saw the campaign raise $3.8 million, including a $2.2 million loan from the candidate.

In comparison, Democratic candidate John Fetterman raised $10 million during the three-month period and has $5.5 million in the bank.

Oz’s super PAC – American Leadership Action – has raised more than $4 million, including a donation from its “nonprofit” twin – American Leadership Policy.


  • What We Learned From Our First Look at Fund-Raising in Pennsylvania’s Key Senate, House Races. “Republican Mehmet Oz is considerably trailing Democratic opponent John Fetterman in fund-raising, according to the first reports released since the two became their parties’ Senate nominees.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)


  • Small Donors Give John Fetterman a Big Financial Lead Over Mehmet Oz in State’s Senate Race. Fueled by a massive advantage in donations from those who gave less than $200, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman heavily out-raised Republican Mehmet Oz from late April through the start of July, entering the opening act of the general election for U.S. Senate with a significant cash advantage.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


2. No Major Problems With Ballot Drop Boxes in 2020.

The expanded use of drop boxes for mailed ballots during the 2020 election did not lead to any widespread problems, according to an Associated Press survey of state election officials across the U.S. that revealed no cases of fraud, vandalism or theft that could have affected the results.

The findings from both Republican- and Democratic-controlled states run contrary to claims made by former President Donald Trump and his allies who have intensely criticized their use and falsely claimed they were a target for fraud.

Drop boxes are considered by many election officials to be safe and secure, and have been used to varying degrees by states across the political spectrum. Yet conspiracy theories and efforts by Republicans to eliminate or restrict them since the 2020 election persist.

  • Doug Mastriano Helps Celebrate The Political Movement That Made Him at Film Premiere. “Sen. Doug Mastriano largely set aside his standard stump speech Saturday night to pay an homage to the latest grassroots conservative movement in Pennsylvania of which— for the moment — he’s field general as he fights with Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro to become the state’s next governor.” (PennLive)


3. VP Harris Calls for Abortion Protections; Campaigns for Fetterman and Shapiro During Philadelphia Visit

Vice President Kamala Harris met with Pennsylvania lawmakers in Philadelphia last weekend, underscoring the critical role that the Keystone state will play in deciding the fate of reproductive rights at both the state and federal levels.
Harris joined more than 40 state lawmakers and members of Congress for a roundtable discussion at the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters building on Spring Garden Street.
“We have heard more public recent stories about what this means to real people, real human beings. Not to mention the stories that have not been told and have yet to be told,” Harris said.
  • Doug Mastriano Is Deleting His Videos From Facebook As He Runs For PA Governor. “In three months, 14 videos have disappeared from Mastriano’s page. In them, he dismisses global warming as “pop science” and says Republicans who oppose him secretly “disdain veterans.”” (Philadelphia Inquirer)


  • PA One of At Least 7 States That Could Restrict Abortion Rights via Constitutional Amendment. “When Pennsylvanians woke up last week to the news that they could soon be voting on whether the state should declare there is no right to an abortion here, they weren’t the only ones.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


  • Out of Abortion Issue’s Shadow, Election-Related Amendments Could Bring Big Changes. “While the GOP-backed constitutional amendment on abortion drew national attention recently, Republicans in the state Legislature also pushed through several election-related amendments that could go to a statewide vote next year.” (PennLive)


Regional Spotlight: Philadelphia and Suburbs

  • Philadelphia City Services Reach Crisis Point as 1 in 7 Municipal Jobs Sit Vacant. “Not enough people want to work for the city of Philadelphia. Long one of the largest employers in the region, the city is short-staffed amid a rash of pandemic-era resignations and retirements — and so far, it is not recovering as quickly as other municipalities.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)


  • In Philly, Oz Gets a Taste of Cheesesteak Politics With a Twitter Smackdown From Pat’s. “Following a playbook usually adopted by out-of-state presidential contenders, Senate candidate Mehmet Oz last week stopped by Cheesesteak Vegas while visiting Philadelphia. The Republican nominee, who won Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate primary by a margin so slim it required a recount, and who will face Democrat John Fetterman in November, made sure to hit up both Pat’s and Geno’s.” (Billy Penn)


  • No Impeachment, But Krasner Must Do Better. “Both partisan politics and the perception that Krasner has failed to do enough to keep the public safe have prompted a move by some Pennsylvania lawmakers to study Philadelphia’s growing gun violence problem by establishing a panel that could eventually recommend impeachment against him.” (Philadelphia Tribune)


  • PA Just Passed The Biggest Corporate Tax Cut ‘In More Than a Generation.’ How It Could Make The Lehigh Valley more Attractive to Businesses. “The passing of Pennsylvania’s latest budget last week was an early Christmas present for Don Cunningham. The president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp., whose job is to attract manufacturing and other businesses to the region, was ecstatic about the corporate tax cuts that were included in the bipartisan deal Gov. Tom Wolf signed on July 8.” (The Morning Call). 



3 Responses

  1. The Inquirer story quoted here about deleted posts is insightful. Mastriano appears to have the belief that anyone disagreeing with his religious views dislikes religion and it sure seems like there is this lack of acceptance of religious tolerance. Not everyone is a Christian. The USA was started by people who wanted freedom of religion. Good story about the deletions. They would not be happening if they were awards or praise.

  2. Oz is having trouble raising money for his campaign. Try shilling fake medicine, like you did to get rich in NJ.

  3. Dung Mastriano is trying to hide his videos, which are evidence of his insane ideas that disqualify him for any political position in a democracy.


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