Dave McCormick attends another fundraiser hosted by 2020 fake electors

Republican candidate for Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Dave McCormick talks to supporters as returns show a close race during his returns watch party in the Pennsylvania primary election, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

By Sean Kitchen

March 14, 2024

McCormick attended a campaign fundraiser on Thursday co-hosted by multiple fake electors.

Dave McCormick continues to associate himself with Republican officials involved in the fake elector scheme designed to overturn the 2020 election to keep former President Donald Trump in power.

McCormick, a former Connecticut based hedge fund manager for Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds, and Republican candidate for US Senate, held a fundraiser at the Union League in Philadelphia on Thursday that was co-chaired by two fake electors.

Delaware County GOP Chair Andy Riley and Bucks County GOP Chair Pat Porpik were co-chairs of the fundraiser and donated $10,000 a piece to McCormick.

McCormick’s opponent, US Sen. Bob Casey, wondered why anyone would want to associate themselves with fake electors or election deniers when asked about the fundraiser at a campaign event in Harrisburg on Thursday.

“Why would anyone want to hang around with those kind of people? These fake electors and election deniers. Why would you want them anywhere near your campaign? That’s what I’d ask him,” Casey said in an interview with The Keystone.

Dave McCormick attends another fundraiser hosted by 2020 fake electors

The fake elector scheme was a plot to keep Trump in office by having Trump loyalists in seven key swing states ignore the will of voters and act as members of the electoral college to sign and submit fake certificates proclaiming Trump the winner of the 2020 election.

This conspiracy occurred while the Trump campaign was filing dozens of lawsuits spreading unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud.

McCormick previously attended a fundraiser with a Jan. 6th attendee and Thursday’s fundraiser is the latest example of McCormick associating himself with fake electors.

Sam DeMarco, Chair of the Allegheny County GOP, serves as the chairperson for McCormick’s SuperPAC, Pennsylvania Rising, according to the Pennsylvania Capital Star.

The Capital-Star also reported that McCormick had multiple fake electors on his payroll during the 2022 primary election, when McCormick lost to TV doctor Mehmet Oz by less than a thousand votes in the GOP Senate primary.

McCormick paid Mike Roman, who was arrested for his involvement in the Georgia fake elector scheme, close to $40,000 to be a special assistant to the campaign. McCormick also paid two other fake electors for campaign related activities.

Suk Smith was paid $16,000 for working as a campaign field director in 2020 and Bill Bachenberg, the chairperson of the fake electors, was reimbursed for hosting a campaign event at his gun range, Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays. McCormick’s campaign wrote a $1,060 check to Bachenberg’s business.


  • Sean Kitchen

    Sean Kitchen is the Keystone’s political correspondent, based in Harrisburg. Sean is originally from Philadelphia and spent five years working as a writer and researcher for Pennsylvania Spotlight.



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