Many more donors contributing to Clinton, even in York County

David Weissman
  • Democrat Hillary Clinton has raised more money than Trump in mostly Republican York County.
  • Incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., raised more than $80,000 from York contributors.
  • State Sen. Scott Wagner, no facing re-election, has donated $128,500 during 2016 election cycle.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump might be expected to carry York County, where the GOP holds a significant voter registration edge, but campaign finance reports show Democrat Hillary Clinton has raised more money in the county.

Campaign cash

And neither has raised even half as much from county residents as Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

Toomey has received 349 contributions for $80,409 from individual donors with York County zip codes during the 2016 election cycle, according to data compiled by National Institute on Money in State Politics.

The data, published on the institute's website, shows that Toomey's opponent, Democrat Katie McGinty, has received just 37 contributions for $7,110 in the county.

In total, Toomey has received more than $18 million in contributions, while McGinty has received just more than $5 million nationwide, according to the nonpartisan institute's compiled data.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and challenger, Democrat Katie McGinty.

G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, said the reports he's read indicate the Toomey-McGinty race could be one of the most expensive in the country.

Madonna said Toomey's large financial lead can be attributed, in part, to "the power of incumbency," because it's easier to raise money when you already hold the seat.

In the presidential race, Clinton has procured nearly 20 times more contributions — worth more than 10 times as much — than Trump in Pennsylvania, according to the data. The former senator and secretary of state has received about 28,000 donations for nearly $4.7 million.

Clinton's fundraising outpaces Trump even in York County, although the spread isn't quite as wide as statewide. The data shows Trump has received 70 donations for more than $20,000, compared to 617 donations for about $31,800 for Clinton.

Madonna said he wasn't surprised by Clinton's superior fundraising efforts, even in  primarily Republican York County because Trump hasn't placed a major emphasis on fundraising throughout his campaign.

Trump is banking on the free media making up the immense financial differences, he said.

Madonna said the presidential candidate with a better financial backing often wins the election, but there are certainly examples of that not being the case.

Donors: One local resident who is financially supporting Trump's campaign is state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township.

Wagner, who does not face a re-election campaign this year, has hosted Trump's vice presidential nominee at his Penn Waste recycling center and bought numerous campaign signs for local supporters, and records show he has donated the maximum amount allowed to Trump's campaign.

Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, speaks ahead of vice presidential candidate Mike Pence's campaign stop in Manchester Township at Penn Waste Inc. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Amanda J. Cain photo

Campaign finance laws dictate that individual donors may donate up to $2,700 per election to a candidate committee, according to the Federal Election Commission website, and records show Wagner donated $5,400, the combined maximum for Trump's primary and general election campaigns.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, from Mount Wolf, made the same dual $2,700 donations to Clinton's campaign, according to the data.

Records show Wagner had previously contributed $2,700 to Republican candidate Carly Fiorina before she dropped out of her primary presidential election campaign.

Wagner, who could not be reached for comment, has contributed the most of any individual resident in the county with more than $128,500 for 2016 election campaigns, data shows.

Wagner also  is Toomey's largest York County donor, with $4,350 contributed, according to the records.

Toomey's local donors also include Bill Shipley, former CEO of Shipley Energy, and William Yanavitch, an executive at P.H. Glatfelter Co.

Nationally, Toomey has received $10,000 contributions from major businesses, including CVS, AT&T and Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo has come under heavy scrutiny recently for allegedly opening millions of unauthorized accounts to meet sales goals. Executives of the bank appeared at a U.S. Senate hearing regarding the scandal, and Toomey was critical of the bank's practices, according to Associated Press reports.

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Campaign spokesman Ted Kwong wrote in an email that Toomey "followed every rule and pushed for even more transparency in the Senate."

McGinty did not respond to a request for comment on this story, but she previously said in a news release that "nobody is buying Pat Toomey's election year faux outrage."

Other races: In other local elections:

  • Incumbent U.S Rep. Scott Perry, R-Dillsburg, has received about 500 contributions for more than $480,000, while no campaign finance information could be found for his opponent, Democrat Josh Burkholder, who was a write-in candidate during the primaries.
  • Incumbent Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has received nearly 600 contributions for more than $700,000, including more than $33,300 from York County.
  • State Rep. Mike Regan, R-Dillsburg, running for the state senate seat being vacated by Sen. Pat Vance, has received more than 550 contributions for more than $530,000, including $10,000 from Wagner.
  • Incumbent state Reps. Stan Saylor, R-Windsor Township, and Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, have raised the most money (about $100,000 and $60,000, respectively) of all local state House candidates, despite both running unopposed. Saylor said he is hoping to be elected chairman of the House Appropriations Caucus in order to get a seat at budget meetings. 

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