Doherty camp: Mayor raised 1.1 million in ’09

There’s been a lot of chatter today about how Tom Knox’s withdrawal puts Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato in a league of his own, when it comes to campaign fundraising and spending.  Perhaps trying to make the case that he can pull in money, too, Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty’s campaign has issued a release saying he raised $441,o00 for his gubernatorial bid, “despite having to share time and attention with the mayor’s race.”

In total, Doherty’s people say he raised 1.1 million dollars between the two races.

Still, that’s about an eighth of what Onorato says he’s raised so far.

Full release below.


As the only candidate facing re-election to his current office, Doherty raised more than $1 million combined in his race for mayor and for governor

SCRANTON, PA – The Doherty for Pennsylvania campaign announced today that Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty raised a combined total of $1,116,162 in 2009.  That amount includes resources raised for his successful mayoral re-election primary and general campaigns as well as his campaign for governor.

“I am very pleased at the support we received last year,” said Mayor Doherty.  “As the only candidate in the governor’s race who had to run in both a primary and a general election in 2009, we faced some unique challenges.  The total we raised is a tribute not only to the success we’ve enjoyed in Scranton, but to the dedication and hard work of our supporters.  I know we still have a lot of work to do, and with our focus entirely on the governor’s race, I’m looking forward to a great 2010.”

The Doherty for Mayor committee reported raising a total of $674,793 in 2009.  Mayor Doherty successfully won both the Democratic and Republican primaries last year and went on to win re-election to his third term in November.  The Doherty for Pennsylvania committee, Mayor Doherty’s gubernatorial campaign committee, will report raising $441,369 in 2009 despite having to share time and attention with the mayor’s race.

The Doherty for Pennsylvania committee has not yet filed its official campaign finance report with the state, but will do so before the reporting deadline this month.


About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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