Oz loans his Pennsylvania Senate campaign another $1 million
The last day of the campaign season for Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is Tuesday.
But he’s not done selling his record.
Pennsylvania’s political action committee, Pennsylvania Association for Small Business, has lent him another $1 million in campaign funding, a total of $2.5 million.
At least $80,000 of that will make it possible for voters in Toomey’s state to cast their ballots.
An aide to Governor Tom Wolf (D-Pa.) told reporters on the House floor this week that he thinks Toomey’s “campaign will be a factor this November.”
“I think his campaign should have a clear advantage over the Democrats, and we’ll see how that works out,” said Rep. Robert Jauch (D-Pa.), a former Toomey staffer now in charge of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
In the past, the PAC was reluctant to give Toomey money, telling reporters that it didn’t like his positions on trade, health care, immigration and abortion.
The PAC did give money to Toomey’s 2016 opponent, Sen. Bob Casey (D), though.
The PAC had also backed Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
That was a surprise because, in his campaign for governor this year, Manchin attacked Toomey’s record on trade and health care, something the PAC does not like to do.
The PAC still has a big task ahead of it: It’s got to persuade Pennsylvania voters to replace Toomey, who’s been in the Senate since 2001.
The PAC, which lists Toomey’s net worth as $1.1 million, is raising money at rates in the thousands and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in Pennsylvania alone.
In January, Toomey unveiled a $1 million ad campaign for his re-election in Pennsylvania aimed at showing he can