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Democrats pile up big campaign accounts in Pa. high court race

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 7, 2015 8:33 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Six weeks before the commonwealth's primary election, some Democratic candidates for three open seats on the state's highest court already are building six-figure campaign bank accounts.

Campaign finance reports due yesterday show Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty with $585,000 on hand at the end of the reporting period on March 30.

Superior Court Judge Anne Lazarus reported a balance of $262,000 and Superior Court Judge Christine Donohue had $166,000.  

Democrat David Wecht, also a Superior Court judge, had $279,000 on hand and $135,000 in debt at the end of last year, but his latest report has not been made public. 

On the Republican side, Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey's campaign had $37,000 in the bank and Superior Court Judge Judy Olson had less than $1,000.  

An version of this story:

(Harrisburg) -- Six weeks before Pennsylvania's primary election, some Democratic candidates for three open seats on the state's highest court already are building six-figure campaign bank accounts.

Campaign finance reports due today show Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty with $585,000 on hand at the end of the reporting period on March 30. Superior Court Judge Anne Lazarus reported a balance of $262,000 and Superior Court Judge Christine Donohue had $166,000.

Democrat David Wecht, also a Superior Court judge, had $279,000 on hand and $135,000 in debt at the end of last year, but his latest report has not been made public.

On the Republican side, Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey's campaign had $37,000 in the bank and Superior Court Judge Judy Olson had less than $1,000.

Campaign finance reports are trickling in from candidates in the crowded race for three open seats on Pennsylvania's Supreme Court.

The 12 judges and lawyers competing for the Democratic and Republican nominations must file their reports today in what could become one of the most expensive judicial campaigns in state history.

Among the early filers are Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey and Superior Court Judge Cheryl Allen, both Republicans. Covey reported having $37,000 at the end of the first quarter. Allen reported a $10,000 loan from a supporter that left her with $5,000 in the bank.

Democrat David Wecht, a Superior Court judge, had yet to file his latest report, but had an advantage with $279,000 on hand at the end of 2014. His campaign also had $135,000 in debt.

Today's earlier story:

Candidates in the crowded race for three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court face a deadline for publicly reporting their campaign finances.

The 12 judges and lawyers competing for the Democratic and Republican nominations must file their reports by today in what is expected to be one of the most expensive judicial campaign in state history.

There are six candidates in each party and the top three vote-getters in the May 19 primaries will square off in the general election in November.

Two of the open seats resulted from resignations by disgraced justices, a Republican convicted of corruption for using state-paid staff to do political work and a Democrat implicated in a pornographic email scandal. The third vacancy was left by the retirement of Chief Justice Ronald Castille.

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