Longshot Dems Raise Little for Guv Bid
Pastor Max Myers and Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz raised a combined $34,000 in 2013, according to campaign finance reports.
Myers raised around $30,000 in total. A majority of his contributions came from himself and his friends and family. He now has $1,047.21 cash on hand.
Myers’ largest listed contribution is $2,000, while the smallest ones pop up throughout the report as $8.01 or $4.59 – generally from himself.
Myers spent almost all of what he raised in 2013. $5,000 went toward the maintenance of his website, and $7,800 went to maintaining a database of donors and supporters. He also gave donations to various county Democratic committees.
Myers chose to pay for the daily expenses of his campaign, such as the occasional $50 for gas and $30 for lunch, and count them as loans. $12,000 of his total spending went toward repaying those incremental self-loans.
Originally, Myers was a Protestant minister in Cumberland County before he decided to try his hand at politics. He ran a school for ministers in Mechanicsburg, the Global School of Supernatural Ministry. As a minister, some of Myers’ beliefs could clash with those of most Dems, such as his refusal to take an official stance on abortion in the pro-choice vs. pro-life debate.
Jo Ellen Litz:
In her campaign, Litz raised only $4,182, all from friends and family who mostly live in Lebanon County. Her largest contribution received was $1,000, while the smallest went all the way down to $5.
Litz spent a total of $1,393.44, $500 of which went toward voter data and $893.44 went toward printing her campaign literature.
Currently, Litz has $3,235.48 cash on hand.
Litz was first elected as county commissioner in 1995 and she has been re-elected four times since then. She has a little bit of political experience beyond her position as commissioner, albeit only in the campaigning department. In 2010, she lost the state Senate race to incumbent Mike Folmer.