Pa. high court candidate says donation levels playing field

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 17, 2015 1:38 AM

Photo by Courtesy of Michael George campaign

(Harrisburg) -- A midstate candidate who received the largest single campaign contribution reported so far in Pennsylvania's Supreme Court race says the $500,000 will allow him to compete in the May 19 Republican primary. 

Adams County Judge Mike George, who previously served as district attorney in the county, says the contributor, businessman Gary Lowenthal, is an old friend who wanted to help get his message out in the six-way race. 

Lowenthal lives in Adams County. Alongwith his wife, he founded the company that made Boyds teddy bears. He's declining to discuss the contribution.  

George is endorsed by the state GOP for one of three open seats on the high court.  

Lowenthal's contribution made George the top fundraiser among GOP candidates.

He still trails two of the six Democratic candidates, Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty and Superior Court Judge David Wecht, in fundraising. 

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