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Wagner Raises $267K in State Senate Race

Scott Wagner
Scott Wagner

State Senate candidate Scott Wagner can look back fondly on 2013, given his strong fundraising.

Last year, Wagner announced his candidacy for the chamber’s 28th district and, according to his campaign, pulled in $267,730 from 179 donors in the fourth fiscal quarter; an impressive sum for a state Senate race.

Of that total, $10,000 was given to the campaign by Wagner himself.

“I am thankful for the financial support we have received and also by the amount of pledges made,” Wagner stated. “It is refreshing to see all types of citizens ranging from students to retirees, to many leaders and business owners in the community who have invested in my campaign that want to see a different political candidate rather than a career politician.”

Wagner is the president and owner of two companies, Penn Waste Inc. and KBS Trucking and he wasn’t shy about the how much of his own money is going into this effort.

“We are on our way to raising over $500,000 in contributions and in the event we need additional funds, I will contribute whatever amount is needed to ensure we run a successful campaign so that I am elected to serve in the PA State Senate,” Wagner said.

The first-time candidate has contributed heavily to conservative causes in the past, including efforts to oust other Republicans. Wagner is likely to spend however much cash is necessary to win and is already shelling out money for advertising.

The 28th district seat is currently held by retiring Sen. Mike Waugh. As we reported in our dispatch from PA Society, State Rep. Ron Miller is said to be seriously considering a run. Rep. Miller, who actually replaced Waugh as the representative in the State House’s 93rd district, is favored by the party establishment while Wagner is running as the outsider. Given Wagner’s history, this should make for an eventful primary if Wagner’s show of strength in fundraising doesn’t scare Miller out of the race.

Pennsylvania’s 28th Senate district contains most of central and southern York County, including the city of York, and runs down to the Maryland border. The seat is generally considered to be Republican and hasn’t voted for a Democrat since 1994.

Wagner advertises on PoliticsPA.

3 Responses

  1. In the end it will not matter how much this guy raises or just flat out gives to his own campaign. The voters in this district realize how much of a disgrace he truly is. He will once again be left holding nothing to show for the extreme “investment” in his own failed campaign. Maybe then he will realize that no one cares what he thinks. It’s time for York County to show this guy that he’s not wanted.

  2. Mr. Wagner seems to be after buying another elected seat. It seems he keeps forgetting that you can’t BUY seats in York County, PA. Does Mike Flannelly and a $130,000 donation ring a bell?

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