GOP Questions $300,000 Judicial Contribution
Erdley, Debra, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Large campaign donations from a Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association PAC have become an issue in the low-key state Superior Court race between Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge David Wecht and Harrisburg attorney Victor Stabile.
Republican State Committee Chairman Rob Gleason accused Wecht, a Democrat, of putting "justice for sale," when he accepted $300,000 - - $250,000 of it in mid October -- from a political action committee that represents the trial lawyers.
Wecht campaign manager Mike Dineen dismissed Gleason's comments as "the height of hypocrisy," noting that Stabile's campaign received a $25,000 contribution from the trial lawyers PAC.
The contributions, listed in campaign finance reports filed last week, brought Stabile's campaign war chest to $198,000. Wecht reported total contributions just in excess of $500,000.
"We've received hundreds of donations across the commonwealth from a very diverse group and we're proud of that," Dineen said, adding Wecht has kept his pledge to turn down contributions from groups that do not report their donors. …