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Governor’s race breaks Pennsylvania campaign spending record

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Spending in the 2022 Pennsylvania gubernatorial race surpassed the record set eight years ago, surpassing $110 million in large part due to powerful fundraising by Democrat Josh Shapiro in a career that gained national importance.

That surpassed the $82 million spent on the 2014 Pennsylvania election.

Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s two-term attorney general-elect, won the Nov. 8 election and will be sworn in on Jan. 17.

He reported that he spent more than $73 million on the race, including donations of cash, goods and services. That easily surpassed the 20-year mark for a $42 million individual campaign, set by Democrat Ed Rendell in 2002.

Campaign financial reports for the final two weeks of the campaign were due Thursday to the state elections office. Pennsylvania does not limit the amount of donations from an individual, although it prohibits donations from corporations.

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Republicans spent another $37 million, mostly in a contentious primary won by state Sen. Doug Mastriano. That includes $13 million on a losing candidate spent by political action committees that are a conduit for cash from the campaign of billionaire investor Jeffrey Yass.

Mastriano reported spending just over $7 million.

Shapiro’s largest donor was the Democratic Governors Association, which put up at least $7.2 million.

Unions contributed more than $11.5 million, while a wide variety of employers donated from sectors including health care, technology, insurance, law firms, real estate development and transportation.

A pair of wealthy donors to the California Democratic Party gave seven figures: Jennifer Duda, who chipped in $3 million, and Karla Jurvetson, who chipped in $1.5 million.

Philanthropist and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and tech entrepreneur Bill Harris Jr. each donated at least $1 million.

Among the several dozen individuals or families who gave six figures each were tech entrepreneur Reid Hoffman; Illinois Governor JB Pritzker; Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie; Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper; Fanatics founder Michael Rubin; filmmaker Steven Spielberg; billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros; and Erie Indemnity Co. President Thomas Hagen.

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