Rep. Allyson Schwartz has been on the offense against former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf ever since the polls began leaning in his favor by more than a few points. With the release of the latest round of campaign finance reports looking at the time period of April 1 to May 5, it’s clear that Schwartz has kept up her assault in the way of raising funds.
She brought $5,148,206 forward and netted a grand total of $745,561 this time around. Schwartz’s biggest donation came from supporter EMILY’s List at $150,000. Unsurprisingly, EMILY’s List also provided Schwartz’s biggest donation earlier this year. IBEW 98 also gifted a generous $23,425.
Looking at donations from individuals, Schwartz certainly has some friends who would like to see her succeed. Leslie Ann Miller gave $25,000, Ronald Abramson gave $20,000, and Jennifer Soros of Soros Management gave $9,000. Michael Singer and Nancy Beeuwkes also donated $10,000 each.
Schwartz’s campaign also listed a $95,752 refunded advertising payment.
In terms of spending, Schwartz raised far more than she spent this quarter with $4,581,333 in expenditures. A little over $3 million went to Screen Strategies Media, $939,000 of that for advertising and the remaining went primarily to place Schwartz’s ads on television.
$61,00 went to Benenson Strategies Group for an internal poll from April 1 and $125,000 went to Talbot Digital LLC. She also gave $36,439 to the Democratic Governors Association of Pennsylvania PAC for research services.
To round it all out, Schartz has $1,312,434 cash on hand.
Schwartz has been kicking her campaign into overdrive in the weeks leading up to the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Remaining relatively quiet for much of the beginning while opponent Wolf flooded the airwaves with ads, Schwartz has begun releasing ads of her own recently, touting her role in helping the Affordable Care Act get passed and attacking Governor Tom Corbett for his education policies. She has also been firing shots at frontrunner Wolf for various reasons, including the $10 million loan he gave to his own campaign and questioning his views on gender equality.
Despite aiming her specific attacks at Wolf, Schwartz also faces State Treasurer Rob McCord and former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty.