The group raised more than $125,000, following another McCord event last night backed by law firm Blank Rome.
Democrat McCord isn't expected to run for governor when GOP incumbent Tom Corbett stands for re-election, but he has had interest in higher office at least since I first knew him as a politically-active venture capitalist in the 1990s.
"Right now he's focused on getting re-elected as Treasurer," said Kessler. Today's event tells anyone else who covets the job know "it will be a huge uphill fight" to take on McCord and the Philadelphia money backing the Lower Merion resident, on the eve of this week's marathon Pennsylvania Society political-business receptions and events up in New York. (PoliticsPA lists major Pennsylvania Society events here.)
Kessler praised McCord's ability to impress on "prominent business leaders" his financial understanding, from pension re-funding to capital budgeting. I noted McCord's opponents in the past had scoured his practice of taking campaign donations from state contractors, including money managers who have at times lost taxpayers millions. Doesn't happen anymore, Kessler said. Just lawyers and developers, mostly.
"This may be the toughest environment for political fundraising," Kessler added. "Next year is a huge year on the election calendar." The Pennsylvania Society politicking will be extra "brutal," he predicted. "Your back's going to wear out," as "any number of candidates will be hoping to connect. And many of us have business agendas we need to remind people about."