The report points to $2.25 million in donations from mid-September to mid-October given to both Democrats and Republicans.
A political action committee connected to the Philadelphia trial lawyers donated $925,000 in that span to Democratic candidates for Superior Court Judge Maria McLaughlin, $250,000, and Judge Debbie Kunselman, $225,000, and Republican Supreme Court candidate Justice Sallie Mundy, $200,000.
Republican National Committeeman and fundraiser Bob Asher’s PAC Pennsylvania Future Fund spent $55,000 on Republican Commonwealth Court candidate Paul Lalley’s campaign during the fundraising period.
From the Post-Gazette:
Of the $58,735 Pittsburgh attorney Paul Lalley added to his campaign for Commonwealth Court in the past month, for example, $55,000 came from the Pennsylvania Future Fund, a political committee chaired by Republican National Committeeman Bob Asher. In all, the fund has given Mr. Lalley $300,000 this year — roughly 60 cents of every dollar he raised in 2017.
Mr. Asher, whose family owns a chocolatemaker in the Philadelphia area, could not be reached for comment. But Mr. Lalley said that as a Montgomery County native whose parents were active Republicans, “I’ve known Mr. Asher since I was a kid.”