EBENSBURG — The Republican Party of Pennsylvania donated more than $48,000 to Team Cambria last week, according to a late contribution report filed Tuesday.
Campaign finance reports for all Cambria County candidates were due by 4 p.m. Oct. 23 and were to include all campaign-related donations and expenditures made from June through Oct. 19.
The late contribution report shows the state Republican Party made in-kind contributions of $48,469 on Oct. 20, 22 and 23 to the incumbent Republican team of Doug Lengenfelder and Mark Wissinger. According to the Team Cambria finance report filed Oct. 23, the state party also provided in-kind contributions of $22,554, which included $2,085 for television advertisements and $20,469 for campaign literature and postage.
Shirley Crowl, Cambria County’s director of elections, said she’s been in contact with the state election office to determine whether Team Cambria will be fined for the filing. Crowl said the state party did send a letter to notify the Team Cambria committee of the expenditures listed on the late contribution report, but the date that letter was received by the Team Cambria committee will determine whether a fine will be imposed.
Democratic candidates Tom Chernisky and William “BJ” Smith also received late contributions. The Committee to Elect Chernisky and Smith reported $2,000 in donations received Tuesday, including $500 from Pawlowski, Bilonick & Long law firm in Ebensburg and $1,500 from John Polacek Jr., COO of JWF Industries. Campaign finance reports filed last week showed $12,000 in donations from Polacek’s brother, Bill, CEO of JWF.
In a press release issued Thursday, two Republican candidates that campaigned against Chernisky and Smith in May’s primary endorsed them in Tuesday’s election.
Both John Skelley and Scott Hunt announced that they’re encouraging other Republicans to vote across party lines for the Democratic candidates.
“I believe that Tom and BJ are committed to an open, collaborative and business-supportive county government,” Skelley said.
“They are pragmatic leaders who are willing to lay party ideology aside, work together and do what’s best for the people of this region.”
“The No. 1 thing that needs to be done is every contract, every line item needs to be questioned, needs to be looked over,” Hunt added.
Jocelyn Brumbaugh is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @JBrumbaughTD.