Bringing in more money, even after the campaign for PA governor is over

When the campaign for governor ends, the contributions and expenses don’t. As strange as it might sound, candidates can receive money after the election and a few people actually continue to give until Dec. 31.

Newly elected Gov. Tom Wolf raised $284,019 in contributions from 131 people and committees after the election. Former Gov. Tom Corbett received 96 contributions for $39,196 after he lost.

Price of the Prize

The Pennsylvania Department of State releases text files of every campaign contribution to every state race on its website. We downloaded those files and selected the contributions to the Corbett and Wolf campaigns. We then standardized the names and addresses. For instance, if John Smith and John A. Smith each sent in a contribution from the same address, we figured out if they were the same person. Then we combined the amounts.

Wolf’s lead remains strong in raising cash and in polls

Less than a month before the election, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and his challenger, Democrat Tom Wolf, have raised and spent enough money to put the governor’s race on track to be the most expensive in state history.

During this election cycle, Wolf has raised $27.6 million and spent $21.1 million compared with Corbett, who has raised $20.6 million and spent $19.3 million.