York GOP finances rebound

Greg Gross

After ending 2015 with just more than $500 in the bank, York County Republicans have replenished their coffers.

The county's Republican Committee raked in $55,156 in contributions during the first four months of the year, according to finance reports filed with the Pennsylvania Department of State.

Alex Shorb, head of the York GOP, chalked the influx of cash up to fundraising efforts and the fact that contributions typically start to come in at the beginning of the year.

According to the two finance reports — one filed on March 15 and the second filed on April 15 — the local party had expenditures totaling $41,375, leaving an ending cash balance of $14,310.

The party is in far better fiscal shape than at the beginning of 2015. It started last year with $8,758 in the bank, raised $96,280, but spent $104,270 and ended the year with just $529.

Contributions: The York GOP received a total of $22,310 from political action committees, and the remaining nearly $33,000 came from individual contributors.

The Mike Regan for Senate Committee made a $1,360 contribution in January, while the Friends of Jon Ritchie, the committee to elect Ritchie to the state Senate, gave a total of $1,535 over three contributions, reports show.

Regan, a Republican who represents a portion of northern York County in the state House, defeated Ritchie and two other GOP candidates in the Pennsylvania primary.

State Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, appears to have held onto his title of the local party's single-largest contributor.

Between the start of the year and April 11, Wagner gave four contributions of $2,500 each for a total of $10,000. In 2015, Wagner gave  a total of $18,400, according to finance reports.

The party's largest monthly expenses continue to be for rent, accounting for $1,800, for its 2453 Kingston Road headquarters in Springettsbury Township, and paying its one employee, the reports show.

Democrats: The York County Democrats' cash balance remained relatively stable from the end of last year through the middle of April.

The party ended the latest finance reporting cycle with just under $23,000 on hand, according to the report.

It started the year with $25,384, raised a total of $12,772 but spent $15,162, the reports show.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @ggrossyd.