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Margolies Adviser Starts 527 Committee for Her

Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky
Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky

A longtime political adviser has started a political committee on behalf of former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky. It’s another sign that she intends to run for Congress in PA-13.

Ken Smukler, who managed Margolies’ campaigns in 1992 and 1994, formed the group “Majorie 2014”. The 527 political committee was made official by the IRS on May 3.

As has been the case with almost every campaign filing to date in this race, it was first reported by Greg Giroux of Bloomberg.

The purpose of the organization is to, “Support candidacy of Marjorie Margolies and other legal purposes,” the IRS filing says.

Margolies told PoliticsPA that her status hasn’t changed. She’s still seriously exploring a bid but not yet a candidate. A final decision is expected by the end of the month.

“We’re just setting it up to have it in place,” she said. “If it’s a yes, we just want to be ready.”

She is one of several Democrats eying the 13th district now that Rep. Allyson Schwartz is running for Governor. State Sen. Daylin Leach and state Rep. Brendan Boyle are also running, as is physician and activist Valerie Arkoosh.

Smukler is president of Voterlink Data Systems which is based in southeast Pa.

3 Responses

  1. Maybe they are grandfathered into the pre 1994 Laws? By the way, Im told this is really going to be a documentary by Nancy Pelosi’s daughter a la Spinal Tap

  2. Perhaps I am rusty on campaign finance law, but a 527 is not allowed to “coordinate” or “expressly advocate” for any particular candidate. Not only does this 527 seem to be coordinating directly with Ms. Margolies-Mezvinsky “WE”RE just setting it up to have it in place,” she said. “If it’s a yes, WE just want to be ready.” it is also expressly advocating on her behalf, hence the name “Majorie 2014″…unless this 527 plans on advocating around the issue of parents naming their children Marjorie next year, I think there might be a problem here. Although as I mentioned before, I might be a little rusty.

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