Allyson Schwartz: Here’s 6.5 Million Reasons to Back Me

The "mine's bigger" war chest battle has begun.

Following York County businessman Tom Wolf’s flash of the $2.9 million he’s raised so far for May’s gubernatorial primary, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz’s campaign has released its own numbers — 6.5 million smackeroos.

The Morning Call reports:

Schwartz, a suburban Philadelphia congresswoman and presumptive front-runner among eight Democrats hoping to unseat Republican Tom Corbett, said her campaign raised $6.5 million last year.

“With over 8,000 individual contributors from all 67 Pennsylvania counties, our campaign’s broad grassroots support shows Pennsylvanians are excited about Allyson bringing a different type of leadership to Harrisburg that takes on the status quo,” campaign manager Corey Dukes said in a statement.

But what the presumed front-runner’s campaign didn’t say was that $3.1 million of that haul stems from earlier congressional fundraising, leaving Schwartz for the moment only slightly ahead of Wolf — who’s promised to spend up to $10 million of his own money in pursuit of the nomination. Other candidates in the eight-strong Democratic field say they expect to release their current fundraising totals when public disclosures are due on January 31st.

For more on Schwartz’s run, read a preview of Robert Huber’s profile from our January issue.