Former Ag. Secretary Wolff fundraising totals seven times amount of other 9th district Democrats

Written by Emily Previti, Keystone Crossroads Reporter | May 10, 2018 2:04 PM
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Pennsylvania's ninth congressional district includes all of Lebanon, Schuylkill, Carbon and Columbia counties and parts of Berks, Luzerne, Montour and Northumberland counties.

Only one of the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania's 9th district has held public office - and that might explain his vast fundraising lead in the primary.

Denny Wolff, a farmer from Columbia County, was the state's agriculture secretary former Gov. Ed Rendell, has raised a total of $328,000.

Wolff's put in $152,000 of his own money. After that, fellow farmers and agriculture industry PAC's are his largest source of campaign funds.

Laura Quick, a teacher-turned UPS driver who's been sidelined with a chronic back injury, has received $20,000 - nearly one quarter of which has been donated in amounts of $200 or less, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

Dentist Gary Wegman reported $27,000 received - including $22,400 from the candidate himself.


Ag's the word for Wolff

Wolff has contributed $152,000 of his own money, of $328,000 total raised as of April 25, according to FEC filings.

Wolff's family contributed another $13,500 and committed another $10,000 for the general election.

But the biggest source of outside support came from the framing and agriculture industry, with at least $55,000 contributed so far. That includes:

  • $25,200 from industry PACS, including John Deere, Land O'Lakes, American Crystal Sugar Company, Croplife America, Farm and Ranch Land Protection and Dairy Farmers of America
  • $2,000 from industry lobbyist Randall Russell
  • $24,200 from Pennsylvania farmers, including $2,700 each from Boyd Station soybean processing facility owner Bryan Cotner, and former Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Carl T. Shaffer
  • $2,000 from Patrick Brennan, director of USDA Rural Development in New York, and his consultancy
  • $500 from Delaware's former agriculture secretary, Mike Scuse
  • $500 from Krista Harden, currently chief sustainability officer at DuPont and formerly deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Other contributions included:

  • $8,500 from PACs for plumbing, pipefitting, transportation and asbestos workers' unions
  • $4,000 from S.R. Wodjak & Associates and president Steve Crawford, Rendell's chief of staff
  • $2,000 from Katie McGinty's senate campaign 
  • $250 from Columbia County Commissioner Rich Ridgway.


Quick relying on teamsters

Quick's working with the least money of all candidates in both primaries in the ninth, having raised $20,000 through April 25.

Her top funding sources are:

  • $5,250 from five teamster PACs, field reps and former colleagues at UPS
  • $2,700 from Lehigh County doctor Michael Pipestone
  • $2,000 from a campaign fund for Josh Brady, who ran for mayor of Lebanon and has been working for Quick's campaign
  • $1,200 of her own money.


Wegman with $27K

Wegman received about $4,000 in contributions from outside sources, mainly other professionals in the Reading area, including a periodontist, attorney and architect.

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