DA race shaping up to be costly

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From left, Beth Grossman, a 21-year veteran of prosecutor's office now in private practice, and former Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Michael Untermeyer, each announced a run for Philadelphia district attorney. Grossman will run as a Republican, while Untermeyer will run as a Democrat.

 The same week Michael Untermeyer gave his campaign for District Attorney $250,000, former federal and local prosecutor, Joe Khan announced his campaign has raised $200,000.

Khan’s team touted its fund balance in a release Wednesday, three weeks ahead of the deadline to report.

“Powered by more than 450 individual donors and an average contribution of less than $500.00, Joe Khan’s progressive grassroots campaign is off to an impressive start,” the release said.

According to the campaign more than 70 donors are current or federal state or local prosecutors. No names until the reports come out at the end of the month.

The race for District Attorney has grown crowded and increasingly expensive in recent weeks. In addition to Khan and Untermeyer, incumbent Seth Williams faces Democratic challengers Rich Negrin, a former assistant district attorney and managing director of the city and Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni.

Beth Grossman, a 21-year veteran of the District Attorney's Office now in private practice, is running as a Republican.

On Monday, Untermeyer’s self-funding triggered “the millionaire’s clause,” which doubled the allowable donations for individuals and political action committees in the race.

Individuals can now donate $6,000 and PACs can dish out $23,800.

Williams’ campaign sent out a fundraising email in response to Untermeyer’s self-donation Wednesday afternoon.

The subject line for that fundraising email: “The race just got real.”

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