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Lt. Gov: Critz Sports High Burn Rate in 2014


Former Democratic congressman Mark Critz sports — for a second time — an insubstantial amount of funds on hand for his bid for lieutenant governor.

Critz carried over more than $40,000 from 2013 and raised $86,746 since January 1st of this year; he has spent a substantial amount, exactly $89,602.57, leaving him with only $37,676.13 on hand as of March 31st. But he has not accrued a lot of debt, only $4,500.50.

The lack of fundraising money is worth noting due to the fact that Critz entered the race with the most name recognition, especially since Jay Paterno, son of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, dropped out of the race last month. It would seem logical that his totals would be higher, particularly since his campaigns for Congress raised millions just a few years ago.


That being said, Critz received sizeable donations from various Pa. unions, including $10,000 from the Local 66 PAC Club, $10,000 from the Mid-Atlantic Laborers’ Political League, and $5,000 from the United Steelworkers PAC.

Critz also received $2,000 from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald — who also has backed gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf.


The biggest expense for Critz has been travel and reimbursements. He also spent heavily on an accountant and the expertise Avanti Consulting Group — those expenses totaling over $24,000 combined.

Taken all together, Critz is spending more money than he is taking in, with a burn rate of 103%.

It doesn’t look as though he commissioned any polls in the race, shot any video or held more than a small handful of fundraisers.

According to the most recent Harper Poll, Critz came in second behind Jay Paterno in popularity, which seems to bode well for the moderate Democrat. Only time will tell if name recognition will carry him through the primary.

Critz faces State Senator Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia), Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith, State Rep. Brandon Neuman, and Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski in the upcoming Democratic primary.


2 Responses

  1. “Mr. Critz is pro-gun, pro-life, and pro traditional marriage. ”

    The Dems have a term for this: A Republican

  2. Money never means everything all the time. Like me, Mr. Criitz is pro-gun, pro-life, and pro traditional marriage. Man has a hard enough time with one wife how is he going to handle more than one like these multi-spousal Mormons? Can’t be done. He has got the backing of all the top Democrats out west who deep down believe the way he does and I’m pretty sure he takes Somerset, Cambria, and that corner overwhelmingly. Yellow dog barking!

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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