Friday, February 1, 2008

The Money is in!

The year end report deadline has come and gone. The numbers are finally here for PA-10. I will list them in descending order:

Congressman Carney ended the 2007 with $762,569 Cash on Hand
Dan Meuser ended 2007 with $398,348 Cash on Hand
Chris Hackett ended 2007 with $386,806 Cash on Hand
Joe McDade ended 2007 with $59,872 Cash on Hand
Don Ely ended 2007 with $8,846 Cash on Hand
Davis Haire ended 2007 with $450 Cash on Hand
Paul Swiderski ended 2007 with $0 Cash on Hand (no filing listed)

While it may be because they declared so late, both Davis Haire and Paul Swiderski ended the year with less money than Joe McDade, a former congressman that hasn’t been in office since 1998. I don’t mention Don Ely since he has withdrawn and endorsed Meuser.

Carney received contributions from a partner in and the General Manager of Times Shamrock. Times Shamrock owns many of the media venues in the 10th Congressional District. They certainly have the right to participate in the political process. Frankly, I wish more people did participate in the process. It does however get a little tricky when they own a media outlet. It is my hope that they will be able to separate their personal political decisions from the reporting of their various papers and radio stations.

As a bit of follow-up, I covered Congressman Carney’s opening salvo against Dan Meuser here. In that story, I also discussed a poll conducted by the American Hospital Assn PAC. This “non-partisan” outfit also contributed as well as in-kinded the poll. The contribution seems to be refunded. I would be remiss if I did not mention their obvious support of Congressman Carney.

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