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PSEA, AFSCME, and Other Unions Boost PA Gubernatorial Hopeful Josh Shapiro

Several public sector unions, including the Pennsylvania state teachers union, have given full-throated endorsements of Attorney General Josh Shapiro in his race for governor, boosting the Democratic candidate with money and publicity.

Shapiro has raised over $20.5 million since he declared his candidacy for the top state office. Of that, Shapiro has raised at least $4.7 million from unions so far this election cycle, according to the latest public filings.

Among his top donors is Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), which gave Shapiro $400,000 through its political action committee (PAC). Shapiro also received $750,000 from the national office of American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and another $400,000 from the state and national Service Employee International Union (SEIU) PACs.

PSEA endorsed Shapiro in the Democratic primary, and has endorsed him in the race against his Republican challenger, Doug Mastriano.

Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates is Senior Writer and Researcher with Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector workers offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment in 2020, Suzanne worked as a journalist for the Associated Press, as Policy Director with the Yankee Institute, as a contributor for The Hartford Courant, and as a regular commentator for WNPR’s The Wheelhouse.