The Commonwealth Partners, a group that describes itself as “A diverse group of state and local business and community leaders, philanthropists and successful entrepreneurs, who are dedicated to improving the economic environment and educational opportunities for all Pennsylvanians” recently published data on recently indicted union boss Johnny Doughtery’s political campaign donations (through IBEW Local 98) for all current office holders since 2010.
Note that the donation amounts outlined:
- Are for current office holders only (so if someone was in office from 2010 through 2018, they weren’t included)
- Do not show what losing candidates received
- Include donations to political parties
- Are only from 2010 forward
- There were either no donations or this study didn’t dig down to the municipal elected official/school board level
You can view the entire list of donations here. Below we pulled out the local data:
United State Congress
The area MoreThanTheCurve.com covers was represented by Brendan Boyle (D) in recent years. The redistricting and most recent election saw Madeleine Dean (D) take over that role. Together the two Democrats took in $71,600 from IBEW Local 98.
|U.S. Congress||Philadelphia||Brendan Boyle||$29,100|
|U.S. Congress||Montgomery/Berks||Madeleine Dean||$42,500|
United State Senate
Pat Toomey (R) received $5,000 from IBEW Local 98 over the past decade.
We were surprised not to see Pennsylvania’ other senator, Bob Casey (D), on the list. In 2006 (before the money included in the tabulation of this list) IBEW Local 98 supported Rick Santorum (R) who Casey defeated.
|U.S. Senate||Statewide||Pat Toomey||$5,000|
Governor Tom Wolf (D) took almost a million in cash and in-kind donations from IBEW Local 98.
When you combine that with Lt. Governor John Fetterman’s (D) donation of $25,000 from the union, you top $1 million.
|Governor||Statewide||Tom Wolf (includes in-kind)||$989,134|
|Lt. Governor||Statewide||John Fetterman||$25,000|
After Governor Wolf, current Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) received the next highest amount. He received $130,000 under his personal campaign committee and then another $50,000 under the Shapiro/Richards campaign committee from when was a Montgomery County Commissioner.
|Attorney General||Statewide||Josh Shapiro Campaign Committee||$130,000|
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (D) received $41,000 from IBEW Local 98.
|Auditor General||Statewide||Eugene DePasquale||$41,000|
State Treasurer Joe Torsella (D) received $50,000 from IBEW Local 98.
|State Treasurer||Statewide||Joe Torsella||$50,000|
The Montgomery County Democratic Committee and three Democratic Party community committees took in $42,750 from IBEW Local 98.
|Political Committee||Montgomery||Montgomery County Democratic Committee||$37,750|
|Political Committee||Mongtomery||Colonial Area Democratic Committee||$2,000|
|Political Committee||Montgomery||Plymouth Victory Committee||$1,500|
|Political Committee||Montgomery||Conshohocken Democrats||$1,500|
Two County C
|County Commissioner||Montgomery||Val Arkoosh||$15,000|
|County Commissioner||Montgomery||Ken Lawrence||$9,500|
|County Treasurer||Montgomery||Jason Salus||$7,500|
|County District Attorney||Montgomery||Kevin Steele||$12,500|
|Sheriff||Montgomery||Kilkenny for Sheriff||$1,000|
State Representatives and State Senators who represent MoreThanTheCurve.com’s coverage area, all Democrats, took in $104,500 from IBEW Local 98 over the decade.
|State Rep||Montgomery||Mary Jo Daley||$16,500|
|State Rep||Montgomery||Matt Bradford||$7,000|
|State Rep||Montgomery||Tim Briggs||$11,000|
|State Sen||Delaware/Montco||Daylin Leach||$22,500|
|State Sen||Montgomery/Phila||Vincent Hughes||$47,500|
Judges can cross file and appear on both the Republican and Democratic ballots. However, Ferman is a Republican and Rothstein and Tolliver are Democrats.
|Judge – Common Pleas||Montgomery||Risa Ferman||$2,500|
|Judge – Common Pleas||Montgomery||Wendy G. Rothstein for Judge||$2,500|
|Judge – Common Pleas||Montgomery||Steve Tolliver||$3,000|