PA-Gov: McGinty Still Going Hard Despite Running Behind

Kathleen-McGintyThe McGinty campaign is running behind in the polls but that doesn’t mean she’s given up.

In the last campaign finance report to come out before May 20th, the second Friday pre-primary election report, it is revealed that the former DEP Secretary raised $173,773 from April 1st to May 5th. During that time, the campaign spent $985,872 and has $806,261 in cash left on hand.

Contributions

McGinty received $11,500 in PAC money with a large chunk of that coming from a $5,000 donation from the PA Power PAC, a progressive organization dedicating to expanding voter participation. She also got $2,500 from a group connected to the law-firm of Duane Morris and $1,000 checks from Pennoni Associates PAC, State Street Advisors PAC and the Massie Committee.

Expenditures

Nearly half of all the campaign’s spending came on TV advertising, a testament to just how important television still is to the election process. Altogether, they spent $488,891 on media buys and production of ads to SKDKnickerbocker. With little good news to gleam from public polls the McGinty group decided to conduct their own polling courtesy of Peter D. Hart Research Associates which ran another $200,000. The campaign also had to spent the requisite money on staff and consultants, including $30,740 in consulting fees to Integrity Partners and Associates.

Additionally, McGinty recouped a $300,000 loan that she had given to her campaign although she still has $235,000 in outstanding loans remaining.

For all their troubles, though, the McGinty campaign is still in the black and will be able to capitalize if the negative campaigning of McCord and Schwartz should backfire to her benefit as they hope.

4 Responses

  1. What is interesting, when you ask a voter, who out of the DEMS is most like Wolf…they say McGinty. So right there you have McGinty’s problem.

    Flip media plans around: McGinty goes up in Feb. and Wolf waits till April– this would be, could be, might be McGinty’s race.

    Also, voters like what Schwartz has done in DC but how does that translate into things that matter in PA?

    McCord is just too harsh and has not connected with voters and then he throws mud at Wolf that lands on himself.

    Meanwhile, smilin-nice guy-high school science teacher-willing to share profits-Wolf is instantly personable. I ask people, which of the DEM candidates would you like to work for. All of them, to a person, say WOLF.

    And now, the final question, before voting: who can beat Corbett? The answer comes from Corbett himself as many voters have pointed to Corbett’s attacks on Wolf as evidence that Corbett fears the Wolf, therefore, I am voting for Wolf.
    Tom

  2. My criteria in primaries is to vote for the best D candidate who can win. But I just might go with my heart and vote for McGinty. She better have a good GOTV operation.

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