There has been a flurry of endorsements for the Democratic candidates running in the newfangled 17th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Incumbent Tim Holden landed the holy grail for Dems with the AFL-CIO backing his bid for reelection. I've have been of the opinion that most endorsements are only good for a press release unless it brings money or boots on the ground. This one brings both.
In the press release category the Lackawanna Democratic Party Politburo endorsed Holden and NEPartisan discounts it influence. A similar thing happened when the Luzerne County Democratic Party endorsed him and played some games with the vote to make it appear unanimous. Since I know that more than a few Luzerne County Democratic Committee members are actively campaigning for Cartwright it looks like the county party's endorsement is worthless. This sort of thing would not happen when State Senator Marty Murray was running the show.
Holden brought Steny Hoyer to Easton to help him out but few people knew who they are. Another press release.
As I reported earlier Democracy for America endorsed Matt Cartwright.
Democracy for America endorses Matt Cartwright (PA-17)
This a big deal because this group can raise some money for it's favorite candidates. Fracking is a big issue with them.
Act Blue is another outfit that is raising money for Cartwright. So far it has raised $10K from 47 donors for an average $220. Tim Holden also has an Act Blue account that has raised $17,000 from 27 people an average of $630.
Act Blue is not a "super pac." A super pac is an outfit funded by wealthy people trying to buy our elections. Act Blue has small donors.
TL: Eric Nagy, said Holden preferred to focus on the outside influence of “super PACs.”
“Multiple Super PACs from outside the 17th district are poised to spend millions of dollars to distort Tim Holden’s record of public service and are determined to buy this election,” Nagy said. “Tim Holden is firmly opposed to Super PACs and believes that voters are supposed to decide elections, not corporations.”
Such a lie and distortion. Matt Cartwright is not taking money from Super Pacs. Tim Holden is taking money from many corporate interests.
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