PA-Sen: Q3: McGinty Draws Support from Across the Nation
Katie McGinty seems well on her way to catching Joe Sestak in the money race after releasing her campaign’s first FEC report.
In her first two months as a U.S. Senate candidate, McGinty outraised Sestak, bringing in over $1 million and is now sitting on almost $900K in cash on hand. Sestak has $2.4 million in cash on hand, though he’s essentially been campaigning since losing out on the seat to Pat Toomey in 2010.
Braddock mayor John Fetterman raised around $170K in his first 17 days as a Democratic Senate candidate.
McGinty’s campaign has touted their individual donor numbers, saying nearly 2,900 contributed, with 2,300 giving $200 or less.
60 donors hit the individual contribution limit – $5,400 – including Gov. Tom Wolf and PA First Lady Frances Wolf, and Wendy and Larry Rockefeller, a Board of Trustees member at the Natural Resources Defense Council and grandson of Standard Oil magnate John D. Rockefeller.
McGinty received $1,000+ donations from 280 people in 21 states and Washington, D.C., with 160 Keystone Staters chipping in $416,805 to her cause ($128,650 from Philadelphia and $56,650 from Pittsburgh). 26 New Yorkers gave $82,850, while 27 donors in the nation’s capital gave another $46,350.
ActBlue, a small-donor fundraising powerhouse for Democrats, backed McGinty’s campaign to the tune of $476,830, with another $50K coming in from EMILY’s List, a PAC that supports pro-choice female Democrats for office.
The former Chief of Staff to Governor Wolf also picked up strong support from the leadership PACs of some of her potential future colleagues: Kirsten Gillibrand ($10,000), Harry Reid ($5,000), Barbara Boxer ($5,000), Jack Reed ($2,500), Jeanne Shaheen ($2,500) and Brian Schatz ($1,000).
Former Gov. Ed Rendell and co-owner of the Philadelphia Eagles Christina Weiss Lurie also make an appearance in McGinty’s financial disclosures.
McGinty even pulled in $500 from one Theodore Roosevelt of Brooklyn (though not that one).
In the third quarter, McGinty spent over $112K, with almost a third – $36,840 – dedicated to payroll expenses. Another $18K was spent on credit card processing fees.
Washington D.C. firm Rising Tide was paid $13,500 to build a website, while Chartiers Group was given $13,297 for strategic consulting.
Several businesses were paid for catering and facility rentals, including Rendell’s current employers Ballard Spahr LLP.