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Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2008

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Elections for the office of Pennsylvania's House of Representatives were held in Pennsylvania on November 4, 2008. All 203 seats were up for election.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was February 14, 2008. The primary Election Day was April 22, 2008.

Campaign contributions

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state house in Pennsylvania in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign spending in state house races, including spending in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2012 410 $33,351,949
2010 444 $36,502,678
2008 403 $45,787,518
2006 531 $50,730,125
2004 391 $32,641,151
2002 420 $29,793,903
2000 395 $24,838,142

During the 2008 election, the total contributions to the 403 House candidates was $45,787,518. The top 10 contributors were:[2]

2008 Donors, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Donor Amount
Pennsylvania Democratic Party $2,839,411
Pennsylvania Republican Party $1,884,029
House Republican Campaign Cmte of Pennsylvania $1,594,259
House Democratic Campaign Cmte of Pennsylvania $1,271,423
Pennsylvania Education Association $864,229
Laborers District Council of Philadelphia $658,850
Pennsylvania Association for Justice $541,632
Electrical Workers Local 98 $471,783
Rendell for Governor $417,000
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association $387,440