McCord hires accomplished fundraiser for possible gov run

State Treasurer Rob McCord's experience has made a college savings program one of the nation's best.

State Treasurer Rob McCord has hired as a senior political adviser and fundraiser the man responsible for drumming up $16 million last year for the reelection campaign of Sen. Bob Casey, sure to be seen among politicos as a sign that the treasurer is limbering up to run for the Democratic nomination for governor.

 Mike Butler was the finance director in 2010 for Dan Onorato’s gubernatorial campaign, and earlier had been the western Pennsylvania fundraiser for Casey’s epic 2006 victory over former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum. All told, Butler has raised more than $50 million for statewide Democratic candidates in the state, according to The McCord Committee, the treasurer’s political organization.

“I’m excited to have Mike on our team,” McCord said. “He has a depth of fundraising and campaign experience in Pennsylvania that is unmatched.  He is, quite simply, the best at what he does.  And he’s going to be a key player on our team.”

 A native of McKeesport, Butler attended Dickinson Law School in Carlisle and earned a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.