McGinty's friends in high places

Democrat Katie McGinty, running for governor of Pennsylvania, has on her resume service as an environmental adviser to Al Gore and the Clinton White House.

Her citizenship in Clintonworld gives her a glittery array of connections not usually available to first time candidates for public office, as seen on McGinty’s 2013 campaign-finance report filed on Friday.

She got donations from several in President Bill Clinton’s cabinet and senior staff: Mack McLarty, former White House chief of staff; Robert Rubin, the Clinton era Secretary of the Treasury; Mike McCurry, former White House Press Secretary; Donna Shalala, who was the Secretary of Health and Human Services; and Carol Browner, who was EPA administrator under Clinton and Director of Energy and Climate Change Policy in the Obama administration; Bill Richardson, U.N. ambassador and later secretary of Energy who went on to become the governor of New Mexico and, briefly, a candidate for president.

McGinty’s experience on the national stage also netted her contributions from a host of other bold-faced names, many of them active in environmental causes. They included: Ted Turner; Art Ortenberg, the late Liz Claiborne’s husband; Carl Pope, former executive director of the Sierra Club; actress Mary Steenburgen, an actress who is close to the Clintons; Marta Kaufman, creator of the TV show Friends; Laurie David, an environmental advocate and Hollywood producer (who was married to comic Larry David); Cindy Horn, whose husband is chairman of the Walt Disney Studios; Larry Schweiger, the CEO of the National Wildlife Foundation; and Larry Rockefeller, a scion of that family and an environmental activist.

McGinty, who also was state environmental secretary, in the Rendell administration, lives in Wayne, Pa. She’s running for the Democratic nomination against U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz; state Treasurer Rob McCord; businessman Tom Wolf; and former state environmental secretary John Hanger.

Winner of the May 20 primary will take on Gov. Corbett (R) in the fall.