Energy. Environment. Economy.

Energy companies donate more than $1 million to Corbett’s campaign coffers

Governor Corbett speaks to the Shale Gas Insight conference in September 2011.

Scott Detrow / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Governor Corbett speaks to the Shale Gas Insight conference in September 2011.

With the election less than a week away, Tom Corbett is way ahead when it comes to support from energy interests including coal, natural gas and power companies operating in the state. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has tallied up campaign contributions for the governor’s race and Tom Corbett’s campaign took in $1,148,351 in energy donations. That’s almost ten times the amount of energy dollars going to his opponent Democrat Tom Wolf. The Post-Gazette reports Wolf raised $192,985 from energy companies, including coal, wind and pipeline operators. Three of Wolf’s top individual energy contributors seem to have hedged their bets by also donating to Corbett.

Corbett’s highest individual donors are shale executives. Terrance Pegula from East Resources donated $250,000 to the governor, while John Monk of Energy Corporation of America gave $100,000. Third in line is Kelsey Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Group, which has plans to build a pipeline to transport Marcellus Shale gas.

Wolf and Corbett differ when it comes to taxing the natural gas industry. Corbett wants to maintain the status quo by charging $50,000 a well. But Wolf wants to impose a five percent tax on the market value of the gas produced. Even as the race tightens, it’s unclear what this money will mean to Corbett. Today’s Franklin and Marshall survey has Tom Wolf still leading in the polls.


  • Jim Willis

    Meanwhile, rabid anti-drilling “environmentalist” Tom Steyer donates more than $10 million to Tom Wolf’s campaign–and not a peep from StateImpact Pennsylvania. Why is that?

    • mariecusick
    • NorthernTier

      Google is your friend. (simple search term)

      steyer wolf donation

    • JimBarth

      As Marie Cusick provided a link to the contrary, Jim Willis seems to have downgraded his mental status to a shale gas extraction zealot, who calls his opposition “rabid”.
      Mr. Willis, you have terribly regressed since you started blogging back in 2008, or, at least that is the first and only interchange we had, which was respectful, at that time. In recent years, I’ve seen your blog posts in Tom Shepstone’s safe havens, and they are, well, just like Tom Shepstone’s blog posts.
      You don’t seem to have learned anything over the past 6 years.
      What happened to you? Is it just laziness, or, was the lure of money just too strong?

      • JimBarth

        Jim Willis, I will vote on Tuesday, and, Tom Corbett will be history. I imagine you will vote in NYS, and rail against Governor Cuomo, who will certainly defeat whatever the name of that republican shale gas industry tool is.
        Please, upgrade your posts.

    • DeanMarshall

      To protect our air and water…. That is why Jim Willis of ” Marcellus Drilling News”, a phony Phax publication funded by the profits of the Gas/Oil ind.

  • kenneth weir

    oink oink went the little piggy “Tommy Corbett” me like.

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