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Wolf

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf raised more than double the money Republican incumbent Tom Corbett raised in the most recent campaign finance reporting period, but he lags behind the governor in how much money he has in his coffers.

All told, the York County businessman turned candidate raised $3.5 million during the five weeks ending June 9, which includes the date of the primary, according to campaign finance reports released by the Pennsylvania Department of State on Thursday.

During that same period Corbett raised $1.4 million but spent nearly $3 million, the report says.

Corbett had $4.8 million in the bank as of June 9. Wolf, however, trails with $3.1 million on hand, reports say.

Corbett
Corbett

Though Wolf may be behind when it comes to money, a political analyst said fundraising won't be an issue for either candidate.

"Both candidate will have sufficient money to take their issues to the voters," said G. Terry Madonna, professor of public affairs and director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. "Between the two candidates, they'll raise $10 to $15 million more."

Contributors: According to the reports, Wolf received most of the money — $2.3 million — from political committees that gave $250 or more. Corbett, however, received just $330,300 from political committees that gave $250 or more.


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Some of those donations to Wolf came from committees such as unions, including $500,000 from the Pennsylvania SEIU, a heath care union, and $450,000 from the American Federation of Teachers, a teachers' union, the report states.

Corbett received $50,000 from a number of political action committees, such as $50,000 from the Penn Strategies PAC and $25,000 from the Pennsylvania Automotive Association, which represents nearly 1,000 new car and truck dealers in the state, PAC, the report says.

Contributions to Corbett from PACs shouldn't come as a surprise, Madonna said.

"The business community will be solidly backing him," he said.

However, Billy Pitman, a spokesman for Corbett, said the governor received contributions from those who believe he's moved the state in the right direction.

"The governor gets support from a lot of people who believe he has done the right things the past three years," he said, pointing out that the unemployment has dropped under Corbett's watch.

Jeff Sheridan, spokesman for the Wolf camp, said the Democrat's focus remains on the election and drumming up support.

"We feel we're in a very good position coming out of the primary," he said. "He's enjoying broad support."

Poll: What Wolf lacks in the bank, he makes up for in the polls.

A Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month shows Wolf ahead of Corbett by 20 points, 53 percent to 33 percent.

Wolf, chairman and CEO of York-based family company The Wolf Organization, handily beat three candidates in the primary, winning all 67 counties, to gain the Democratic nod for governor. He served as secretary of revenue under Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell.

One of Wolf's former opponents, Katie McGinty, will become an ally when she heads a new political committee formed by Wolf to avoid a showdown over leadership of the state Democratic Party.

Committee: Wolf's campaign announced it has formed The Campaign for a Fresh Start, independent of the state party, to organize Democrats, Republicans and independents who support Wolf and Democratic Party legislative candidates in efforts to defeat Corbett.

Wolf named McGinty last week as his choice for the next state party chairman, but incumbent chairman Jim Burn said he was prepared to contest the seat when the Democratic State Committee meets Saturday in Camp Hill.

Wolf won't attend the meeting, Sheridan said.

McGinty, a former state environmental protection secretary who finished fourth in a four-way primary race, said Wolf is "a different kind of leader, and this will be a different kind of campaign."

"I commend Tom Wolf's focus on not only winning the governor's mansion but flipping the state Senate as well," said Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny.

Burn did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.