Flannelly
Flannelly

Buoyed by a big-time donor, Judge Mike Flannelly is outspending retired Congressman Todd Platts in the race for Common Pleas Judge in York County.

The appointed judge took in four times as much in campaign donations and spent more than six times as much money as his opponent.

Since the beginning of the campaign, Flannelly has raised about $147,000 to Platts' $35,000 and spent $119,000 to Platts' $19,000, according to reports filed with the state Department of State Friday.

More than $131,000 of Flannelly's cash came from Penn Waste president and owner Scott Wagner. The reports reflect a higher amount than an estimate Wagner floated last month, when he said the Flannelly campaign was likely to cost a total of $100,000 and he'd pay for all of it if necessary.

Platts
Platts

Wagner made seven donations over $10,000 each between April 3 and May 9, totaling $121,000, and a single $10,000 on March 3. He also gave an in-kind donation of $2,000 for the use of trucks and signs, the reports show.

The reports reflect a possible difference in strategy between the two campaigns, with Platts collecting smaller contributions from hundreds of donors. Platts' biggest donations were two $2,000 gifts, one each from York businessmen William Shipley III and Louis Appell Jr.

Expenditures also suggest a difference in approach, with Platts relying heavily on print materials for mailers as Flannelly's camp spent $25,000 for television ads and $18,500 on radio spots.