U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014, packed the room in the Radisson Warwick Hotel Monday night for a major fundraising reception.
The Women in Politics fundraiser has been a fixture on the political calendar in southeastern Pennsylvania for years, since back when Schwartz was a state senator, but attendees said there was a new energy this year since she has launched her campaign to become the first woman elected governor of the state.
“With Allyson headlining as a candidate for Pennsylvania governor, the 2013 Women in Politics reception raised more than any other event in its 23 year history,” said Reesa Kossoff, spokeswoman for the campaign.
Schwartz campaign officials would not divulge how much was raised via the event. It will be difficult to gauge how the seven Democratic candidates are doing in the cash race because Pennsylvania’s lax campaign-finance regulations require them only to disclose the income and expenditures of their personal PACs once, at the end of the year. Disclosure will be more frequent in the election year, 2014.
But Women in Politics raised a minimum of $150,000 – and possibly much more – based on back-of-the-envelope calculations. The event had 100 “hosts” at $1,000 per ticket. The cost was $150 a ticket for regular admission, and the event drew a total of about 400. (There also were sponsorships at $2,500 and $5,000.)
Organizers premiered a pair of videos at the event. One featured New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan, the only female Democratic governor in the nation, endorsing Schwartz. The other, entitled “Better,” critiques the Corbett administration and introduces Schwartz to the audience. See it below: