Tom Infield at the Inquirer -- who's been following this story all along -- notes that just three contributors made history in their outlandish (and un-regulated) giving to Dem gubernatorial candidate Anthony Williams:
No one had ever donated anywhere close to this much cash for a political campaign in Pennsylvania.
Previous reports showed that a trio of executives at Susquehanna International Group in Bala Cynwyd already had ventured far into historic territory by giving at least $3 million to support State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams' Democratic primary race for governor.
Postprimary reports are now in, and they reveal that the number was actually higher. A lot higher: $5,385,000.
Joel Greenberg gave $2.07 million. Jeffrey Yass contributed $1.86 million. Arthur Dantchik chipped in $1.45 million.
Not counting a few cases in which a wealthy candidate has financed his own campaign - Philadelphia mayoral contender Tom Knox spent $11 million on his primary in 2007 - these sums far exceeded all Pennsylvania benchmarks, veteran analysts said.
Not even Gov. Rendell, the most prolific fund-raiser in state history, ever had million-dollar donors.
"Ed never got close to a million dollars from anyone," said Comcast Corp. executive David L. Cohen, Rendell's closest political ally.
"I have never seen anything like this; it's just stunning," said Alan Kessler, a Philadelphia lawyer, who has specialized in Democratic fund-raising for two decades.
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