It would appear that politicians aren’t exempt from financial trouble.
Former Democratic candidate for governor and pastor Max Myers could certainly confirm that, judging by the email his campaign recently sent out to supporters:
“While his personal commitment has been to see long-term progress become a reality in the state of Pennsylvania, the logistics and financial challenges were too great to overcome. As a result of his personal commitment to the causes and values he upheld, Max has over $55,000.00 of campaign debt to retire. As thanks to those who are willing to help him retire this campaign debt, he would like to give you a piece of Pennsylvania political history.”
Sounds pretty decent, right? Wait until you hear what those pieces of history are.
For a $25 donation, you will be sent a campaign thermal water cup. For a $50 donation, you’ll get that thermal water cup AND a reusable shopping bag, complete with logo. For a donation that’s $100 or more, you’ll get that cup, that bag AND a copy of Myers’ book “The Tail That Wags The Dog.”
Be sure to make haste, Pennsylvania. You can only pay for these items with a credit or debit card until February 28. After that, Myers’ team will only accept checks as a form of payment.
Myers officially dropped out of the race for governor on Monday, citing the above stressful financial reasons. When his campaign finance report was released earlier this month, it was clear that his fundraising wasn’t going to help him win the Democratic primary in comparison to the other candidates.
For example: while Myers only managed to raise around $30,000, fellow candidate and State Treasurer Rob McCord raised $6.6 million and former Secretary of Revenue Tom Wolf came in with a whopping $13.27 million raised.
Myers’ dropping out sort of narrows the pack down to seven Dems for governor, with McCord, Wolf, Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former Auditor General Jack Wagner, former PA DEP Secretaries Katie McGinty and John Hanger, and Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz.