Top donors for each Philly mayoral candidate
Mounting a successful mayoral campaign in Philadelphia can cost $3 million or more, in addition to millions spent by outside groups.
- Where are this year’s contenders getting financial support? Donor profiles vary widely, from self-funded hopefuls like Brown and Domb to union-backed favorites like Gym, Parker, and Rhynhart.
Meir Rinde sorted through the latest filings, which show contributions received through the end of 2022, and listed the top five donors for each candidate.
→ Who’s funding the mayor’s race?
Singles love new match-making game at Punch Buggy Brewing
Have a single friend you’re dying to play matchmaker for? Just love talking about how great your buddies are?
- “Pitch-A-Friend” is a new monthly event at Punch Buggy Brewing in Kensington. It’s beginning to draw crowds of people who say it’s a welcome break from the flat sameness of dating apps.
Presenters do all kinds of things to pump up their pals, Nick Kariuki and Sammy Caiola found — like make Powerpoints featuring heart-shaped pie charts.
RECAP: What else happened?
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- After teasing his plans to run for mayor in January, David Oh yesterday made it official: he resigned from City Council and launched his campaign, making him the first Republican in the race. [Billy Penn/WHYY]
- After a year of searching, about a fifth of 70 families at UC Townhomes still haven’t found new homes, and Penn students have been staging protests to get the university to help buy the apartment complex, which is ending its federal housing subsidy after 40 years. There’s a GoFundMe to help residents. [Inquirer$/Daily Pennsylvanian/Billy Penn/GoFundMe]
- Super Bowl hangover? Dozens of SEPTA operators called out yesterday, leaving riders to face extra delays and cancellations. [WHYY]
- A new figure skating program at Scanlon Rec Center in Harrowgate offers lessons for just $5, with the goal of showing kids the sport isn’t just for the wealthy. [Kensington Voice]
- Just in time for V-Day, a Penn and Springside Chestnut Hill alum is launching a 3D chocolate printer company, offering a $3,00 pro model and a $2,500 DIY version. [Biz Journal$]
- A liquor-licensed outpost of newish Brigantine darling Kook Burger is soft-open in Center City, with $30 loaded milkshakes and shore-style snacks. The owners are also opening Black Turtle Coffee down the block. [AC Weekly/Inquirer$/Black Turtle]
Nothing on the public sked for Mayor Kenney today. His face is appearing on TV these days, featured as the anti-hero in an ad from mayoral hopeful Allan Domb.
ON THE CALENDAR
🏦 Learn why advocates think a public bank could increase equity and access to capital at a second People’s Economic Forum, a virtual meeting titled “Powering the Cooperative Economy.” (7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16)
🦜 “Conversations with Birds” opens at the Academy of Natural Sciences, with dozens of exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on events. (Saturday, Feb. 18, through May 21)
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