The John Fetterman campaign is taking Katie McGinty to task over her comments at the first Democratic Senate debate this week at Carnegie Mellon University.
When McGinty said she hadn’t, Fetterman asked incredulously “Nothing from oil and gas, really?”
The campaign made a web video out of that moment featuring Jerry Reed’s “The Crude Oil Blues”. It goes on to state that McGinty received $198,600 in donations from the oil and gas industry during her 2014 campaign for Governor and her current Senate campaign.
The video ends with Fetterman’s answer to the same question.
“I’ve sought the endorsement of voters across Pennsylvania and I’ve sought the endorsement of the grassroots and I have not received money from any of those organizations,” he stated. “We’re strictly a grassroots-funded campaign and always will be.”
PoliticsPA reached out to the McGinty campaign, who sent the following response.
“Katie McGinty’s proven record on the environment earned the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters, and is the strongest voice against Senator Pat Toomey’s failed energy and climate policies,” McGinty Communications Director Sabrina Singh stated. “It’s unfortunate that rather than uniting to defeat Toomey, some are instead peddling the misleading Republican talking points of groups trying to prop him up.”
The McGinty campaign also sought to counter Fetterman’s claims that he hasn’t taken money from those connected to the oil and gas industry. They point to a $3,200 contribution from lawyers at the firm Campell and Levine. That firm also represented the Koch Brothers in 2011. Additionally, two of Fetterman’s family members work for Kling Brothers Insurance. Fetterman has stated in the past that he lives off his family’s fortune in lieu of taking a salary as Mayor of Braddock. Therefore, they see his attacks as hypocritical.