The Katie McGinty campaign raised $2.4 million last year in her bid for the Democratic nomination for governor.
That puts her behind some of her leading rivals in 2013 receipts. Earlier, Tom Wolf, a York County businessman, reported that he'd raised $13.27 million, just over $10 million from personal funds, last year. Rep. Allyson Schwartz reported that her campaign had raised $6.5 million, including $3.1 million transferred from a federal fundraising account, and state Treasurer Rob McCord's camp said he had raised $6.6 million. Mr. McCord said that left him with roughly $6 million in cash at the end of the year. The other Democratic candidates did not disclose their cash balances.
The man they're vying to challenge, Gov.Tom Corbett, raised $6.8 million in 2013, and with leftover receipts from prior years, that left him with $7.5 million in cash.
Candidates do not have to report their campaign finances for 2013 until Jan. 31. The other Democratic contenders for their party's nomination are John Hanger, Max Myers and JoEllen Litz.
You can read the McGinty campaign's statement after the jump.
PHILADELPHIA --- Katie McGinty, Democratic candidate for governor, today announced that her campaign has raised $2.4 million in the nine months since she announced her candidacy. The bulk of McGinty’s money—some $2 million---has been raised in the six months since McGinty converted her exploratory committee to a gubernatorial committee on June 27.
McGinty’s fundraising shows she has the resources to compete and win the Democratic nomination despite never having run for public office before nor having millions to either loan her campaign or transfer from another candidate committee.
“Our fundraising has exceeded our expectations. It demonstrates we will have the resources to compete and win this election,” McGinty said. “I am overwhelmed by the support we are receiving from every corner of Pennsylvania. Voters are clearly responding to our proposals to strengthen the middle class by creating jobs, restoring Tom Corbett’s $1 billion cuts to education, making college more affordable, and improving the lives of working families by cutting taxes and increasing the minimum wage.”
The most recent poll on the governor’s race--conducted by the respected firm Harper Polling---showed McGinty in second place, leading or tied for the lead in every region outside of Philadelphia. This was consistent with other polls conducted since June showing McGinty in second place. In addition, over the past months, McGinty has won strong favorable comments from political observers and Democrats attending voter forums throughout Pennsylvania.
“We have always expected be outspent by long-time elected officials like Allyson Schwartz and Rob McCord and by Tom Wolf’s mega millions. But with Katie, we have the best candidate, the strongest message, policy proposals to improve the lives of hard working families, and the financial resources to not just win this election, but build a brighter Pennsylvania,” said Mike Mikus, McGinty Campaign Manager.