Labor $$ Helps Murphy AG Camp Catch Up

Patrick Murphy’s contributions from labor unions have helped him close the gap with Kathleen Kane, his opponent in Democratic primary for Attorney General.

Reports Peter Jackson of the AP:

Murphy’s campaign took in more than $305,000 since the beginning of the year, contrasted with $58,000 in contributions to Kathleen Kane, a former Lackawanna County prosecutor.

Murphy, a former two-term congressman whose campaign received generous support from organized labor, reported $1.2 million in the bank as of the reports’ March 5 closeout. Kane, who has relied primarily on a $1.8 million loan from her husband, maintained a balance of nearly $2 million.

In the attorney general’s race, Philadelphia labor unions led the contributions to Murphy, who received $25,000 from Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and $10,000 each from locals of the Communications Workers of America and the Iron Workers.

Murphy reported various campaign expenses totaling about $165,000 during the nine-week period. Kane’s campaign spent about $73,000, most of it for consultants.

Auditor General

As for other Pa. row office primary in the state, Auditor General hopeful and Pa. Rep. John Maher has a wide fundraising lead on primary opponent Frank Pinto. Pinto is the former president of the Pa. Community Bankers Association.

Maher, the candidate endorsed by GOP state committee, has about $100,000 on hand. His biggest contributions come from Gov. Tom Corbett ($25,000) and a self-loan ($20,000). Pinto has about $18,000 on hand, and loaned himself $15,000.

Pinto has criticized Maher for routinely financing his campaigns with self-loans, thus incurring what is officially recorded as debt – although that is not unusual by campaign standards. Maher’s state House campaign committee was $210,000 in the hole after the 2010 election.

March 15th, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, PA Offices 2012, Top Stories | No Comments