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Subseries 3. Campaign in Progress

Scope and Content Notes:

Among the scores of material generated during any campaign for political office, there are those core files that really can be called "the campaign" files, here referred to as "campaign in progress." These include such items as correspondence, media appearances and advertisements, financial information, and scheduling, etc. They are the foundation upon which a campaign proceeds up to and including election day, and essentially track its progress. A court case challenging the procedures for filling the Senate vacancy delayed the onset of Thornburgh's campaign. Within a week after the court decision on August 6th, Thornburgh submitted his resignation as Attorney General, and the campaign was off and running. Researchers will be interested in the online videos available here of campaign ads and Thornburgh's concession speech on election night, November 5, 1991.

The "Campaign in Progress" files are organized in the ten following sections: 1) Campaign actions and issues, including staff files, general campaign files and endorsements; 2) Media, including transcripts of the debates between Thornburgh and Harris Wofford, press kits, mailings sent by campaign staff to editorial writers, and other coverage by newsletters and bulletins; 3) Campaign issue statements, released by the Thornburgh campaign, arranged chronologically by date; 4) Opposition research regarding Harris Wofford's record and campaign issues; 5) Campaign briefing binders, documenting Thornburgh's and Wofford's positions on issues, campaign strategies, and other research; 6) Finances, including receipts and expenditure reports, campaign contributions, and FEC fundraising reports; 7) Pennsylvania county briefing materials, including general information and history for each, arranged alphabetically by county name; 8) Campaign correspondence, including two separate groups of materials: general correspondence to and from Thornburgh (arranged alphabetically by sender's last name) and post-election condolence letters and responses (also arranged alphabetically by sender's last name); 9) Election results and post-election analyses, including post-election coverage and reports; 10) Articles and news clippings, including one section of clippings used for research on comparative positives and negatives of Dick Thornburgh, Harris Wofford, and Robert P. Casey (including his gubernatorial officials William Keisling and Donald Mazziotti).

Section: Campaign Actions and Issues

Folder 5 Volunteer requests June-September, 1991
Folder 6 Telephone etiquette and volunteer phone banks September-October, 1991
Folder 7 Contacts for information on various issues September, 1991
Folder 8 Memorandum from Harold Miller regarding campaign strategy July 29, 1991
Folder 9 Scheduling, events and speaking requests September, 1991
Folder 10 Campaign staff contacts and biographies of Ginny and Dick Thornburgh April-August, 1991
Folder 11 "Dick Thornburgh: Rhetoric v. Reality," by Citizens for Senator Wofford in response to Thornburgh's announcement speech September 2, 1991
Folder 12 Responses to Democrat charges about Thornburgh tax increases September 3, 1991
Folder 13 Thornburgh campaign endorsements list September-October, 1991
Folder 14 Bedford County Press Endorsement September 4, 1991
Folder 15 Lancaster New Era Endorsement September 14, 1991
Folder 16 Pennsylvania State Troopers Association Endorsement September 25, 1991
Folder 17 National Association of Whole-saler Distributors Endorsement October, 1991
Folder 18 Pennsylvania State Troopers Association Endorsement October 8, 1991
Folder 19 Johnstown Tribune Democrat Endorsement October 20, 1991
Folder 20 Transport Workers Union of America Endorsement October 22, 1991
Folder 21 National Federation of Independent Business Endorsement October 28, 1991
Folder 22 Citizens for Law and Order (CLO) Endorsement October 30, 1991
Folder 23 Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation PAC Endorsement undated
Folder 24 Endorsement letter from President Ronald Reagan undated
Folder 25 Pro-Thornburgh "Letters to the Editor campaign" October, 1991
Folder 26 Murray Dickman's files, regarding voter turnout and campaign mailings, etc. June-October, 1991
Folder 27 Paul Critchlow's files, regarding media and public relations 1991
Folder 28 Direct Opinions poll: "Thornburgh is the Top Choice for Pennsylvania Senator" July 25, 1991
Folder 29 Miscellaneous campaign material 1991

Section: Media

Folder 30 The Media Team (public relations consultants), strategies, issues and ads July-August, 1991
Folder 31 Media summary prepared by the Media Team, and notes September 3-9, 1991
Folder 32 CNN "Evans and Novak" regarding Thornburgh's career as Attorney General and upcoming candidacy for U.S. Senate August 17-19, 1991
Folder 33 Thornburgh and Wofford debate, "The Editors" September 6, 1991
Folder 34 Thornburgh and Wofford debate, Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters October 18, 1991
Folder 35 Memorandum to Thornburgh from Dan Eramian regarding election press appearances November 2, 1991
Folder 36 Thornburgh advertisements August-November, 1991
Folder 37 Wofford advertisements August-November, 1991
Folder 38 Commercial script drafts 1991
Folder 39 "A Look at Nate Smith," Black Opinion magazine, Thornburgh photo with Nate Smith, president of Operations Dig and Careers (a Pittsburgh-based career and development program) May-June, 1991
Folder 40 Keystone Gazette article by Dick Thornburgh regarding his Senate campaign and his record as Governor May-November, 1991
Folder 41 Direct mailings 1991
Folder 42 Campaign press kit 1991

Box 913
Folder 1 Campaign article mailing October, 1991
Folder 2 Announcement speech, news clippings and statements sent to editorial writers September, 1991
Folder 3 Factual analysis on Wofford advertisements, sent to editorial writers October 1-16, 1991
Folder 4 Clippings and news releases sent to editorial writers October 11, 1991
Folder 5 Media advisories sent regarding Thornburgh's campaign schedule August 27-October 31, 1991
Folder 6 White House Bulletin, coverage of Attorney General Thornburgh's candidacy for Senate June 4-November 4, 1991
Folder 7 Pennsylvania Report, coverage of Thornburgh's candidacy for Senate August-October, 1991
Folder 8 Thornburgh campaign press kits 1991

Section: Campaign Issue Statements

Folder 9 Positions on health care and fast track authority September 3, 1991
Folder 10 Thornburgh's record on helping veterans September 10, 1991
Folder 11 "Thornburgh's Commitment to Persons with Disabilities" September 16, 1991
Folder 12 "Thornburgh urges Congressional Support for School Reform Initiatives" September 18, 1991
Folder 13 "Thornburgh's Assistance to Small Businesses" September 19, 1991
Folder 14 "Thornburgh Calls for 'Industrial Renaissance' Initiative to Create Jobs at Abandoned Industrial Sites" September 23, 1991
Folder 15 "Dick Thornburgh: Fighting for Lower Taxes" September 25, 1991
Folder 16 Letter to Editor of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Dan Eramian, spokesman for Thornburgh for Senate, regarding civil rights issues September 27, 1991
Folder 17 "Testimony of Dick Thornburgh regarding USAir's application for Pittsburgh-Italy service" October 1, 1991
Folder 18 "Dick Thornburgh: Fighting for Jobs" October 3, 1991
Folder 19 "Thornburgh Calls for Federal Enterprise Zone Legislation" October 10, 1991
Folder 20 "Dick Thornburgh is Good for Taxpayers" October 10, 1991
Folder 21 "Thornburgh Urges Prompt Action in Multilateral Steel Agreement to Protect Steel Jobs Against Foreign Competition" October 15, 1991
Folder 22 "Thornburgh Calls for Overhaul of Senate Confirmation Process" October 16, 1991
Folder 23 "Thornburgh issues Six point Plan for Congressional Reform" October 25, 1991
Folder 24 "Thornburgh Calls for Tax Relief for Working Families" October 27, 1991
Folder 25 "Seniors Defend Thornburgh Record" November 2, 1991
Folder 26 "Thornburgh says National Health Insurance Could Cost Pennsylvania Jobs" November 4, 1991
Folder 27 "Fact Sheet: Dick Thornburgh and Harris Wofford" May-November, 1991
Folder 28 "Dick Thornburgh's Agenda for the 90s" May-November, 1991
Folder 29-30 "Thornburgh Administration Accomplishments Related to America 2000," national education program introduced by George Bush May-November, 1991
Folder 31 "Dick Thornburgh's Commitment to Basic Education" May-November, 1991
Folder 32 Positions on jobs, unemployment compensation, taxes, abortion, health care, foreign trade, family leave, gun control, Social Security, education and transportation (includes Rick Stafford's notes) May-November, 1991
Folder 33 "Dick Thornburgh's Proposals to Create and Preserve Jobs in Pennsylvania" May-November, 1991
Folder 34 "Straight Talk about Dick Thornburgh's Record of Helping Senior Citizens" May-November, 1991
Folder 35 "Dick Thornburgh: Protecting Our Environment" May-November, 1991
Folder 36 "Thornburgh Environmental Position" and "Snapshot of the Thornburgh Environmental Record" May-November, 1991
Folder 37 "Dick Thornburgh's 14-Point Plant Plan for Affordable Health Care," Thornburgh and Wofford's positions and background material May-November, 1991
Folder 38 "Responsible Health Care Reform," essay by Dick Thornburgh, candidate for United States Senate May-November, 1991
Folder 39 "Bank of Credit Commerce International (BCCI) Facts" May-November, 1991
Folder 40 "Fact Sheet: Working People" May-November, 1991
Folder 41 "Dick Thornburgh: Leadership on the Issues" May-November, 1991
Folder 42 Positions on issues concerning Philadelphia, PA July-September, 1991
Folder 43 Positions on issues concerning Pittsburgh, PA August, 1991
Folder 44 Positions and research on the Jewish community 1990-1991
Folder 45 Thornburgh positions May-November, 1991
Folder 46 Thornburgh campaign responses and defenses of record in response to Wofford attacks August-October, 1991

Section: Campaign Statements regarding Harris Wofford


Box 914
Folder 1 "Harris Wofford and the Savings and Loan Crooks" May-November, 1991
Folder 2 "Did Bryn Mawr College Have a Deficit While Harris Wofford was President?" May-November, 1991
Folder 3 "Straight Talk About National Health Insurance," letter from U.S. Congressmen, letter to editor with corrections, and memorandum May-November, 1991
Folder 4 "Harris Wofford: Pennsylvania's Last Choice for the U.S. Senate Seat," preliminary opposition research binder prepared by Thornburgh campaign May 23, 1991
Folder 5 "Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania: Senator Wofford in Violation of Federal Law" September 4, 1991
Folder 6 "State GOP questions Wofford fund raising," Philadelphia Inquirer September 6, 1991

Section: Campaign Briefing Binders

Folder 7-9 Thornburgh's briefing binder, regarding positions, Wofford, issues research and strategy reports (annotated) May-November, 1991
Folder 10 Items removed from Thornburgh's campaign briefing binder July-August, 1991
Folder 11 Research and issue material, prepared by Harold Miller August 17, 1991

Box 915
Folder 1 "Work plan and Defensive Issues Paper," prepared by Harold Miller July 4, 1991

Section: Fundraising

Folder 2 Lists of donors September 20, 1991
Folder 3 Fundraising events and plans September-November, 1991
Folder 4-6 Campaign contributions, report of receipts and disbursements August-September, 1991
Folder 7 Fundraising and reimbursement receipts 1991-1992
Folder 8 Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports August 16, 1991-June 30, 2002

Section: County Briefing Materials

Folder 9 Adams 1991
Folder 10 Allegheny 1991
Folder 11 Armstrong 1991
Folder 12 Beaver 1991
Folder 13 Bedford 1991

Box 916
Folder 1 Berks 1991
Folder 2 Blair 1991
Folder 3 Bradford 1991
Folder 4 Bucks 1991
Folder 5 Butler 1991
Folder 6 Cambria 1991
Folder 7 Cameron 1991
Folder 8 Carbon 1991
Folder 9 Centre 1991
Folder 10 Chester 1991
Folder 11 Clarion 1991
Folder 12 Clearfield 1991
Folder 13 Clinton 1991
Folder 14 Columbia 1991
Folder 15 Crawford 1991
Folder 16 Cumberland 1991
Folder 17 Dauphin 1991
Folder 18 Delaware 1991
Folder 19 Elk 1991
Folder 20 Erie 1991
Folder 21 Forest 1991
Folder 22 Franklin 1991
Folder 23 Fulton 1991
Folder 24 Greene 1991
Folder 25 Huntingdon 1991
Folder 26 Indiana 1991
Folder 27 Jefferson 1991
Folder 28 Juniata 1991
Folder 29 Lackawanna 1991
Folder 30 Lancaster 1991
Folder 31 Lawrence 1991
Folder 32 Lebanon 1991
Folder 33 Lehigh 1991
Folder 34 Luzerne 1991
Folder 35 Lycoming 1991
Folder 36 McKean 1991
Folder 37 Mercer 1991
Folder 38 Mifflin 1991
Folder 39 Monroe 1991
Folder 40 Montgomery 1991
Folder 41 Montour 1991
Folder 42 Northampton 1991
Folder 43 Perry 1991
Folder 44 Pike 1991
Folder 45 Philadelphia 1991
Folder 46 Potter 1991
Folder 47 Schuylkill 1991
Folder 48 Snyder 1991
Folder 49 Somerset 1991
Folder 50 Sullivan 1991
Folder 51 Susquehanna 1991
Folder 52 Tioga 1991
Folder 53 Union 1991
Folder 54 Venango 1991
Folder 55 Warren 1991
Folder 56 Washington 1991
Folder 57 Wayne 1991
Folder 58 Westmoreland 1991
Folder 59 Wyoming 1991

Box 917
Folder 1 York 1991

Section: Alphabetical Correspondence

Folder 2-25 A-Z August-November, 1991
Folder 26-27 A-Z December, 1991-January, 1992

Section: Election Results and Post-election Analysis


Box 918
Folder 1 Thank you calls to be made by the Governor November 2, 1991
Folder 2 Election results newspaper coverage, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette November 7, 1991
Folder 3 Media Team's and other analyses of campaign and defeat November 20, 1991
Folder 4 "White House Bulletin" and Mike Berman's "Washington Political Watch," analyses of election results December, 1991-July, 1992

Section: Articles and News Clippings regarding Thornburgh, Casey and Wofford

Folder 5-12 Thornburgh's Gubernatorial record 1979-1987
Folder 13 Articles from end of Thornburgh administration ("administration positives") January, 1987
Folder 14 Card file indexing positive and negative news clippings regarding Dick Thornburgh, Harris Wofford and Robert Casey 1986-1991
Folder 15 Positive and negative news clippings regarding Dick Thornburgh, Harris Wofford, and Robert Casey 1986
Folder 16 Donald Mazziotti and William Keisling, officials in the Casey administration February-October, 1987
Folder 17-43 Positive and negative news clippings regarding Dick Thornburgh, Harris Wofford, and Robert Casey 1987-1991