PA-Gov: McCord Spends Down With Big Media Buys


State Treasurer Rob McCord raised $567,649.84 in the first three months of 2014 for his gubernatorial bid.

He carried about $6 million over from 2013, and after spending nearly $3 million dollars this year, he was left with $3.6 million after the January 1 to March 31 reporting period.

McCord didn’t incur any new debt during this period, but still holds on to $2.1 million in loans from last year, including a sizeable one from himself.


McCord’s contributions come mostly from large donors, with just $16,782.56 in small donations. He did pick up a decent amount from in-kind donations, $32,800.41 total, $27,500 of which comes from a survey from PSEA.

Labor groups have overwhelming endorsed McCord, and their support has come with financial assistance as well, including $75,000 from the Mid-Atlantic Laborer’s Political League and $25,000 from the IBEW PAC Voluntary Fund.

Former gubernatorial candidate, Ed Pawlowski donated $10,000 to McCord from his PAC.

He also scored support from some wealthy individuals, including $50,000 each from Lawrence Kanavy of Trevdan Inc and Anil Kothari of Procurian; $25,000 from Robert McNeil of Penguin Industries; and $30,000 from Norton Cooper of Chatam International.


Besides the cost of their media buys, McCord’s spending was reasonable. There were the regular staff expenses, PA Democrats fee for their voter data and professional consulting fees for the Dover Strategy Group, Link Strategies, Seven Points Consulting and Buzzmaker LLC.

AKPD Message & Media placed McCord’s television advertisements to the tune of $2,330,640.

McCord was the third of the Democrats to release ads, but dove in with decently large buys and well-produced ads focused on his background, public education and his media-proclaimed title of “Corbett Slayer.”

McCord faces Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf and former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty.

5 Responses

  1. Rob is just a terrible person. Only a matter of days before his lame self goes negative. He is a loose cannon and unfit to be governor. Even better he still lies about the tiniest facts. He is a shark and the fact he throws stones at others while making millions off being a corporate raider makes me sick!

  2. McCord is the only choice to beat Corbett. Rob absolutely was raised by a single mother. His father left at the age of 4 and his mother remarried when he was 12 or 13. It should not come as a surprise that the kids in the Wolf campaign would try to make a big deal about the headline not the content of a disgruntled family member’s letter.

    If we want to start talking about PA jobs and who created what we can do that as well. McCord created over 2000 PA jobs investing in new technology startups.

    How many did Wolf kill when his mismanagement and burgeoning debt caused the closure of the Wolf lumber business started by Adam Wolf in 1843 when he opened for business pulling logs out of the Susquehanna?

    How many were lost when he chose to source his cabinets from a supplier in a right to work state instead of PA? How have those workers been treated? Have there been any violations?

    McCord is the only choice if the goal is to defeat Corbett in November.

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