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Outspoken liberal actress Susan Sarandon and baseball star-turned-conservative commentator Curt Schilling may not have much in common politically, but both have contributed to candidates vying to become Philadelphia’s next top prosecutor.
According to the latest campaign finance reports covering contributions from mid-May through late September, Democratic candidate Larry Krasner has a very strong dollar-for-dollar lead over Republican Beth Grossman. But, when it comes to name recognition of donors, the candidates are much more evenly matched.
The latest report said Sarandon donated $500 to Krasner in June, while Schilling donated the same amount to Grossman in August.
Although those contributions might not be much of a surprise, given that Sarandon voiced her support for Krasner in May and Schilling had Grossman on his talk radio show just days before he donated to her campaign, numerous well-known attorneys and political figures in Philadelphia’s legal scene have also been throwing their pocketbooks behind the candidates in the lead-up to the general election in November.
The biggest donors for Krasner’s campaign were political committees representing labor unions, with committees for the Plumbers Local 690 contributing $11,900 and the Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia giving $11,500.
However, when it came to individual donors, Krasner appears to have a lot of support from attorneys. The firm Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel donated a total of $10,000, and three name partners at Cohen, Placitella & Roth pitched in for a total of $10,000, with Stewart Cohen contributing $5,000.
Daniel Berger of Berger and Montague also donated $5,000. Attorneys Tom Kline of Kline & Specter and solo practitioner Gary Silver each contributed $3,000, as well, and retired former city Councilwoman Marian Tasco, who endorsed Krasner in the contentious primary season, also donated $500 to Krasner’s campaign.
Many of Grossman’s contributors were attorneys as well, although her largest donor during the latest period was Sonya Grossman, who gave $5,000, according to the latest filing. The report listed Sonya Grossman as a resident of Florida.
But Grossman was not without contributions from some weighty political figures in eastern Pennsylvania.
Former Philadelphia DA Lynne Abraham, who held the post from 1991 until 2010 and ran as a Democrat, also contributed to Grossman’s campaign, donating $500. Drinker Biddle & Reath attorney William McSwain, who is reported to be a leading contender to become the next U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, also contributed $250, according to the report.
In terms of overall numbers for the campaigns, Krasner’s office pulled in $115,181 since mid-May, and Grossman brought in $18,477 during that same time period.
Krasner also has spent nearly $129,000, and, since he brought in about $30,000 from the last reporting cycle, he had an ending cash balance of nearly $16,000 for the filing period, records show.
Grossman, according to her report, brought in nearly $5,000 from the last cycle, and has spent almost $17,700. That leaves her with $5,643 in her war chest, according to the report.
Neither campaign showed any significant media buys in their reports.
A spokesman for Krasner’s campaign said the campaign was proud to have so many donors.
“We are planning a robust campaign through Election Day thanks to their support,” spokesman Ben Waxman said.
A number listed on the site for Grossman’s campaign was not receiving messages on Monday. Grossman did not return a call to her office.