The big fundraising story of the day is that Allyson Schwartz raised $6.5 million in 2013, $3 million of which was transferred from her Congressional campaign account. We don’t know how much of that’s been spent yet, though that’s not the point. The Schwartz campaign is pushing this number as a show of strength in the Democratic primary.
What we know is that Schwartz will have the money to compete in the primary and the general election. We know that Tom Wolf has pledged to use $10 million of his own money to be competitive in the primary and the general election. We can infer from John Hanger’s pleading for
mercy spending restraint from the other candidates that he will not have enough money to compete in the primary or the general election.
We do not yet know what the other candidates raised. But when we find out, we will begin loudly and doggedly calling for the worst-funded candidates to begin dropping out of the contest early, rather than hanging on past their welcome.
This needs to become a 2 or 3 candidate race very soon, much earlier than the close of the next fundraising quarter in late March. We do not want our Democratic nominee to win the primary with less than 50% of the vote, and enter the general election in a position of weakness. The primary needs to end earlier than the actual vote is taken, to give our nominee a running start against Tom Corbett.