How to buy a governorship
If there is a formula for buying a four-year trip to the Pennsylvania governor’s mansion, Tom Wolf may be privy. The former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has begun a media blitz that took him from a mere two percent at the end of November 2013 to 38 percent at the end of February 2014. Because of his personal successes, Tom Wolf has been able to contribute around $10 million to his campaign plus over three million from supporters.
The following chart from Huffington Post clearly illustrates the effects of large amounts of money in politics:
The media has been doubtless and insistent that Allyson Schwartz would be the Democratic candidate for governor, but a string of conservative votes on issues ranging NSA surveillance to food stamps effectively alienated much of the Democratic base. Although Schwartz is a big money establishment candidate herself, the increased monetary pressure from the Wolf campaign has not helped her cause.
It seems that the race for Pennsylvania governor is no longer a battle of ideas, but rather, a battle of the wallet.