Wagner loans campaign $4M for Pa. governor’s race

Staff and wire report

HARRISBURG — Republican state Sen. Scott Wagner, who wants to challenge Gov. Tom Wolf’s re-election bid, is reporting that he has loaned his campaign $4 million.

State Sen. Scott Wagner. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Wagner’s campaign reported Tuesday that he also gave his gubernatorial campaign another $90,000 from his Senate campaign account. Tack on  another $175,000 in interest, and Wagner reported almost $4.3 million in his campaign account as of Dec. 31.

Wagner and Wolf are both from York County. Wagner owns the $65 million municipal waste hauler Penn Waste, which has contracts with dozens of municipalities.

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Wagner has been in office since 2014, when he won a write-in bid over the GOP’s hand-picked candidate, Ron Miller.

Wolf, a Democrat, hadn’t filed a campaign finance report for 2016 as of early Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday was the state’s deadline to file.

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Wagner has said he will use millions of his own money but stopped short of saying he would self-fund the entire campaign.

"I'm going to put a significant seven-figure check into my campaign account, but I'll be fundraising," he said in November when he told The York Dispatch about his gubernatorial bid.  "I'm not going to totally self-fund because I've had a lot of people that have offered to support me."

Wolf  invested $10 million of his own money in his 2014 campaign. Wolf unseated former Gov. Tom Corbett, who became the state's first governor to lose re-election in the four decades that state law has permitted second terms.

— The Associated Press  contributed to this report.