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Rich Fitzgerald spreads his money around

Published by Andrew McGill on .

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald calls himself the third most powerful executive in Pennsylvania. In his eyes, he's outshined by only Gov. Tom Corbett and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

Those are some big britches to fill. Indeed, Mr. Fitzgerald (and his predecessors) have long sought to regionalize his role, acting as the Mayor of Western Pennsylvania while advocating in Harrisburg and elsewhere.

But the county executive has put his money where his mouth is. This year, he's emerged as one of the leading (elected) funders of Pittsburgh-area political campaigns, spending more than $17,000 to back Democratic candidates running for city and county council.

You'll recall it was Mr. Fitzgerald's financial support to Bill Peduto that helped the now-presumptive mayor get his campaign off the ground. He's backed that up with donations to other Democratic allies — including some who are running unopposed.

The full list is below. Note that Mr. Fitzgerald originally funded Jeanne Clark for City Council District 8 in the Democratic primary, breaking with Peduto, who supported chief of staff Dan Gilman. And it doesn't look like county council incumbent Bob Macey got any money from Fitzgerald's campaign until after he won the primary.

(This doesn't include the county executive's contributions to Mr. Peduto, which already exceed $50,000. If I missed anyone important, let me know.)

Race Recipient Date Amount
City council Jeanne PAC (Jeanne Clarke) 1/25/2013 $1,000.00
County council People for Michael J. Finnerty 2/3/2013 $2,000.00
County council Friends of Jim Ellenbogen 2/19/2013 $2,000.00
City council Citizens for David Lavelle 2/20/2013 $1,000.00
City council Friends of Natalia Rudiak 3/6/2013 $1,500.00
City council Friends of Natalia Rudiak 3/6/2013 $500.00
County council Martoni for County Council 4/26/2013 $1,000.00
County council Friends of Mary Gibson 5/7/2013 $500.00
City council Jeanne PAC (Jeanne Clarke) 5/7/2013 $500.00
City council Jeanne PAC (Jeanne Clarke) 5/8/2013 $500.00
City council Jeanne PAC (Jeanne Clarke) 5/8/2013 $500.00
County council Friends of Dan McClain 5/21/2013 $1,000.00
County council Friends of Dan McClain 9/1/2013 $500.00
City council Friends of Dan Gilman 10/6/2013 $1,000.00
County council Friends of Dan McClain 10/12/2013 $2,000.00
County council Friends of Bob Macey 10/12/2013 $2,000.00

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