Raja gives $377k to campaign in final days

Published by Laura Olson on .

We're fewer than 10 days away from voting, and that means state candidates have to report daily any contributions they receive of $500 or more.

Digging through this treasure trove of data this afternoon showed that Republican D. Raja has raised the most so far during the final fundraising period that began on Oct. 23.

Of the approximately $610,000 that Raja has raised since then, more than half -- $377,000 -- came from his own pockets. That's not entirely unusual for Raja, who has been his own largest contributor throughout the race.

He also tallied $211,000 from the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, plus another $15,000 from the state Republican Party and $5,000 from U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy of Upper St. Clair.

His Democratic opponent, state Rep. Matt Smith, also gave his campaign coffers a personal boost. Of the at least $45,250 he's raised in this final period, $10,000 is from himself. Another $10,000 came from the state's trial lawyers association PAC, and $2,500 from Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald.

(I've requested from the Department of State copies of the campaign finance reports that were due Friday and include contributions and expenditures from Sept. 18 to Oct. 22, but have not received them yet.)

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