Powerful special interests are pouring millions into the 2021 Pa. Supreme Court race

WITF by Angela Couloumbis and Danielle Oh, October 26, 2021

While the race cannot change the Democratic majority on the high court, it could narrow the margin amid increasingly partisan attacks on the judiciary’s independence.

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(Harrisburg) — Labor unions, lawyers, and a political committee with ties to a billionaire advocate for school choice are underwriting the increasingly contentious race for a spot on Pennsylvania’s top court. Democrat Maria McLaughlin this year raised nearly $2.7 million, including $1.8 million from a Philadelphia group of criminal and civil trial lawyers and from unions that represent teachers, truck drivers, and police, campaign finance reports filed last week show. Republican Kevin Brobson received the majority of his $2.8 million from a single political action committee: the conservative Commonwealth Leaders Fund. The group receives much of its financial support from PACs associated with Jeffrey Yass, the suburban Philadelphia billionaire owner of a financial and technology firm who has spent millions over the years to advance tuition vouchers for children in poor-performing districts.

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