Saturday, December 20, 2014

State AG race: One Dem tops another with her own cash

A Pennsylvania political mystery has been solved. Just how much family money has Kathleen Kane, a former Lackawanna County assistant district attorney, put into her campaign for state Attorney General? The answer: $502,000 in donations and a $1.75 million loan.

State AG race: One Dem tops another with her own cash

A Pennsylvania political mystery has been solved.  Just how much family money has Kathleen Kane, a former Lackawanna County assistant district attorney, put into her campaign for state Attorney General?  The answer: $502,000 in donations and a $1.75 million loan.

Kane had $2,009,911 in the bank as of Dec. 31, according to a state campaign finance report due today.  That's just about double the tally for her opponent in the April 24 Democratic primary election, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, who reported having $1,043,016 in the bank.

Kane put in $2,000 of her own money while her husband, who helps run his family's trucking company in northeastern Pennsylvania, put in $500,000 and loaned the campaign $1.75 million.  Family and friends who also work at the company put in another $50,000.

Kane's campaign issued a news release earlier this month, saying she had $2 million in the bank, just moments before local attorney Dan McCaffery was to receive the endorsements of several political big-wigs in City Hall.  Kane's camp refused to even respond that day to the obvious question: How much of that was her own money.  McCaffery dropped out of the race last week, saying he had too late of a jump at campaign fund-raising.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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