April 21, 1988 |
It is the classic story of the powerful incumbent vs. the unknown challenger. State Rep. Matthew J. Ryan (R., Delaware) has raised $78,430 this year in his campaign to retain his House seat in Harrisburg. Edward M. Corse, his Republican opponent in Tuesday's primary for the 168th House District, has raised $6,885, including $2,500 he lent to his campaign. Corse is a supervisor in Newtown Township. Ryan, a former House speaker who is the minority leader in charge of 97 other Republicans in the House, is the cash-rich legislator.
September 27, 2006 |
Once again making Pennsylvania fund-raising history, Gov. Rendell yesterday reported having just under $14 million in his campaign war chest with six weeks left to the election - a record amount for a gubernatorial candidate at this late stage of the campaign. At the same time, Rendell's GOP opponent, former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann, trailed far behind, with $3.7 million in the bank. That, combined with polls showing Rendell leading by double digits, led many political analysts yesterday to say it will be difficult, if not impossible, for Swann to turn this into a competitive race.
October 17, 2012 |
REPUBLICAN U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick's campaign juggernaut showed its muscle in recent months, doubling up a well-financed opponent in spending from July through September, according to filings released Monday by the Federal Election Commission. Democratic challenger Kathy Boockvar, who collected an impressive $520,000 during the three-month span, actually outpaced the congressman in contributions from individuals and spent about $741,000. Fitzpatrick, however, had built up a war chest of donations from party affiliates, special-interest groups and industry PACs, and spent almost $1.5 million during that period, which is key for nuts-and-bolts campaigning.
June 20, 1991 |
Now that Bill Gray is leaving Congress, what happens to the cash left in his campaign committee? It isn't clear whether there will be anything left, but if there is, Gray can pocket up to about $32,000, according to federal election law. The law was changed in 1980 to prohibit the conversion of campaign funds "to personal use," but the new rule didn't apply to those already serving in Congress, a club that included Gray. Another change in 1989 limited the amount that officials could keep of the balance on hand in November of that year, a figure that Scott Wexler of the Federal Election Commission estimates at $32,000 for Gray.
October 20, 2006 |
The Fourth Congressional District is Chris Smith country. The Republican has been serving it in the House of Representatives for 26 years. Over the years, he has sponsored legislation on important issues, including genocide, human trafficking and torture victims. He is an advocate for veterans' rights. He serves on several committees, and is vice chairman of the House Committee on International Relations. He has a campaign war chest of close to a half a million dollars, while his Democratic challenger, Carol Gay, is running for office for the first time.
June 21, 1991 |
The war of rhetoric has yet to start, but the low-key battle for campaign cash is already being waged in New York boardrooms and swank Philadelphia hotels. Yesterday, Republican mayoral candidate Frank L. Rizzo emerged the underdog with just enough cash to buy a used Buick and debts that amount to a mortgage on a Society Hill home. His Democratic rival, Edward G. Rendell, was the fund-raising front-runner, amassing more than $2 million since he started his quest to be mayor and stuffing $148,000 in the war chest for the general election.
May 28, 1987 |
Cherry Hill Mayor Maria Barnaby Greenwald, whose candidacy for the state Senate has buoyed Democratic hopes of unseating Sixth District Republican Sen. Lee B. Laskin this fall, is accumulating a campaign war chest that is the envy of even the local GOP organization. Greenwald is part of a Democratic ticket that has raised $63,900, according to campaign-finance reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. The ticket, called "Democrats for a New Direction," also includes state Assembly candidates John J. Tarditi Jr. and Patrick J. Brennan.
June 6, 1988 |
They climbed the spiral staircase to the Cherry Hill Inn's elegant Starlite Room and basked in the sparkle of twinkling white lights. At linen-draped tables topped with baskets of flowers, they sipped drinks, sampled gourmet food from silver platters and hobnobbed with Cherry Hill politicos. More than 250 people paid $100 apiece to attend a fund-raising event last week for Democratic Mayor Susan Bass Levin and her allies on the Township Council. The event was sponsored by New Visions for Cherry Hill, a new political-action committee of which Levin is chairman.
June 16, 1995 |
The money is pouring in. From lawyers, corporate executives and organized labor. From firms that do millions of dollars of business with City Hall, casino interests eyeing future riverboat-gambling licenses, and philanthropists asking nothing in return. It's all fueling the Ed Rendell juggernaut. The latest campaign finance reports, released yesterday, show the mayor having raised a stunning $4.6 million. A review of the 2,800 separate contributions banked by the campaign since Jan. 1, 1992, shows two dozen contributors giving $25,000 or more apiece.
October 30, 1991 |
Just when you thought it was safe to watch "Jeopardy" again. Bumped from prime-time commercial airwaves, Philadelphia's mayoral candidates served up surprisingly lively TV fare in their second debate last night, showing more substance and trading sharper punches than they had a week ago. Republican Joseph Egan attacked Democrat Edward Rendell for his handling of the 1985 MOVE investigation and for his gaudy campaign war chest. The two were joined at Channel 6 studios on City Avenue by Consumer candidate Pamela Lawler and independent Dennis Wesley.