A Glimpse into the Fundraising of Chester County’s GOP Candidates for Governor of Pennsylvania

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New fundraising disclosures are offering the first glimpse into the finances of Chester County’s GOP candidates for Governor of Pennsylvania. Chris Brennan and Andrew Seidman tallied the resources for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

At least five Republican candidates have raised more than $1 million in 2021, including former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain, of West Chester.

Out of that, $100,000 came from his pocket, while the rest was provided by other sources. At the end of the year, he had around $813,000 in the bank, plus other financial backing. He chaired a political action committee last year that raised $543,000. Most of that money was spent on staffing, research, and contributions to McSwain’s campaign.

Most importantly, he won the endorsement of the Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs. The affiliated PAC had $20 million in November.

Meanwhile, Guy Ciarrocchi — who headed the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry and also worked in the administration of former Gov. Tom Corbett — raised nearly $304,000 in 2021. He had $241,000 in the bank at the end of last year.

On the other side, The Philadelphia Inquirer has reported that the presumptive candidate on the Democrat side, Josh Shapiro, has amassed a war chest of more than $10 million.

Read more about the fundraising of Chester County’s GOP candidates for governor in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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