Cash rolls in for non-candidate Onorato

Allegheny County executive Dan Onorato is not yet a candidate for governor but his supporters are opening their wallets for him anyway.

Onorato, a Democrat, is reporting more than $4 million in his campaign account, about $1 million more than the combined cash of the six other likely candidates, according to the Tribune-Review.

Onorato will need a healthy war chest to take on candidates who have personal fortunes to bank roll their campaigns (Philly businessman Tom Knox) and those who have won statewide elections, including Democrat Auditor General Jack Wagner and Republican Attorney General Tom Corbett.

Knox, who spent a whopping $12 million in his unsuccessful 2007 bid for Philadelphia mayor, had just $76,000 in his campaign account at the end of 2008. He told the Tribune-Review he is willing to spend "whatever is necessary" in the 2010 governor's race.

Also considering entering the race are Republicans U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach and former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan and Democrat Don Cunningham, the Lehigh County executive.



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