PA-Sen: Q2: The Who’s Who of Toomey Donors

Pat ToomeySen. Pat Toomey’s re-election campaign is flush with cash, especially with his only declared challenger struggling to keep up.

Toomey pulled in over $2.2 million from April through June and has $8.3 million in the coffers for next November’s race.

According to FEC records, over 900 individuals have donated at least $1,000 to his re-election bid, while 220 different PACs are also backing the junior Senator with their checkbooks.

Professional race car driver Mario Andretti, Anheuser-Busch – the makers of Budweiser – and Sheldon Adelson have all dipped in to their pockets to help out.

Adelson, the CEO of Las Vegas Sands casinos, has given Toomey $5,400, the individual limit for the first two quarters of the year, as have his wife Miriam and daughter Shelley.

The Office of the Commissioner of the MLB’s PAC is one of Toomey’s biggest single donors, giving $10,000 to the cause. Arizona Diamondbacks Managing General Partner Earl Kendrick and his wife Randy each contributed the individual limit, $5,400.

Sen. Toomey also received $7,000 combined from Art and James Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Toomey’s FEC records are filled with donations from investment bankers, natural gas and oil corporations and conservative groups.

The Goldman Sachs PAC and Charles Schwab PAC have pitched in $16,500 so far. Six natural gas PACs, including Dominion and Spectra, donated $44,500 and 21 coal industry PACs and executives have donated over $44,000 to Toomey.

Seven executives at Day & Zimmermann – one of the country’s largest ammunition manufacturers – have contributed $23,500 between them, while 11 employees of NY hedge fund firm Elliott Management have given $37,100. Executives at Chevron Corp. have donated almost $24,000.

Toomey is popular with his colleagues, picking up $57,000 from leadership PACs.

As expected, Washington, D.C. gave the most money to Toomey’s campaign, with 106 donors contributing $451,000. 56 donors from the Big Apple gave $176,066. Other Toomey hotspots across the country include Denver, CO – where 25 donors raised over $80,000 – Alexandria, VA and Chicago.

Also unsurprisingly, Toomey picked up the most in-state donations from Pittsburgh, over $100,000, while residents of Sewickley and Reading outraised their Philadelphia counterparts.


So far, Toomey’s re-election campaign has spent over $6.3 million, with $1.14 million of that coming during the second quarter of 2015.

Over $380,000 went to several consulting firms, including Red Sea LLC, The Gula Graham Group, Magellan Strategies and Cold Spark Media – a company run by former Toomey advisers. Toomey also paid $73,137 to Harris Media for web services and over $60,000 to two research and polling firms.

The Senator spent $126,400 on print and digital ad campaigns run by Target Enterprises, while splashing out over $116,000 on just the postage for mailers during the second quarter.

We will have a similar comprehensive review of Joe Sestak’s full Q2 report as soon as it becomes publicly available.

3 Responses

  1. @David – depdends on your media market. Philly is getting slammed with ads already.

  2. How much spent for the guys that follow Sestak around to capture footage?

    The reporting period ended June 30th, so we’ll have to wait until next quarter to see if they got a bonus for video of Sestak trampling two different kids at the same 4th of July parade.

  3. “Toomey is popular with his colleagues,” (shot at Sestak? LOL)

    “So far, Toomey’s re-election campaign has spent over $6.3 million, with $1.14 million of that coming during the second quarter of 2015.”

    And there hasn’t even been much of a campaign yet (TV ads and mailings).

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