James O’Toole reports Katie McGinty’s campaign raised $2.4 million for the Governor’s race in 2013 – at the back of the Top 3 plus Tom Wolf* class of viable contenders for the Democratic nomination, but still solidly in the running. The bar to clear to be competitive in the Democratic primary is going to be about $5 million by the spring. McGinty’s within sight of that:
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 other Democratic candidates who have yet to disclose their cash balances clearly haven’t raised enough money to be competitive and should drop out of the primary post-haste. Begone! ye time wasters.
*Wolf has basically bought himself a mention in politics writers’ shortlists of the Top Tier, but can we get real for a minute? The Wolf campaign is super boring and he wouldn’t have any support in this race if he wasn’t a self-funder. He’s not wrong on many issues and I’m sure he’d make a decent Governor, but come on. Everybody would be saying this campaign was in the Pawlowski and Hanger dead zone if Wolf didn’t give himself $10 million to run with. He seems like a genuinely good guy though and I’m gonna be a little sad to see him waste all this money on a doomed bid :(