Corbett has $7.5M in campaign coffers

Posted: January 24, 2014

HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett is starting the year with $7.5 million in his campaign war chest as he prepares for a tough reelection fight.

According to fund-raising numbers released Wednesday night by his campaign, the governor raised $6.8 million last year. Since taking office in 2011, he has raised $12.3 million, campaign spokesman Billy Pitman said. Those fund-raising efforts will intensify over the next 10 months.

Corbett will need every penny, many political analysts say.

Democrats have lined up for the chance to take on Corbett in the November election, believing they have the best shot in years at unseating an incumbent governor. Corbett has so far been unable to turn around some of the poorest public-approval ratings in modern Pennsylvania political history. 

This month, Democratic U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz's campaign for governor said she had raised $6.5 million in 2013. Democratic State Treasurer Rob McCord's campaign announced this month that it had raised $6.6 million, and that it is starting the year with $6 million on hand.

Tom Wolf, a York businessman and former state revenue secretary, announced in late December that he had raised nearly $2.9 million, in addition to the $10 million of his own money he said he will contribute to his primary campaign.

Since Pennsylvania governors were allowed to serve two consecutive terms starting in 1972, none has lost a reelection bid.


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