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PA Unions Looking to Buy Supreme Court Seats

PA Unions Want To Own the Supreme Court

Just follow the money.  PA Unions Looking to Buy Supreme Court Seats . This graphic shows the desperation and lfting strength of the PA unions in politics.  They have an inordinate pile of money to purchase the seats they think most important.  They are well on track to accomplishing this in the PA Supreme Court races if you do not study the candidates.  Might make more sense to pick from the candidates with the least money in this case.  This is from this story at Politics PA.

If this is how we are going to handle judicial races, it is time we make them run every four years.



[hide]Pre-primary campaign finance[18]
Candidate Party Cash on hand ($) Highest contribution ($) Contributor(s)
Kevin M. Dougherty Electiondot.pngDemocratic 584,666.22 100,000 Local Union #98 I.B.E.W. Committee On Political Education
David N. Wecht Electiondot.pngDemocratic 546,220.24 25,000 Daniel Berger, Attorney
Michael A. George Ends.pngRepublican 508,459.63 500,000 Gary Lowenthal, Founder, Boyds Bears
John H. Foradora Electiondot.pngDemocratic 391,074.05 100,000 John H. Foradora
Anne Lazarus Electiondot.pngDemocratic 262,093.08 75,000 Anne Lazarus
Christine Donohue Electiondot.pngDemocratic 184,727.00 5,000 Commonwealth Heritage PAC, I.B.E.W. Local 5, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel and 13 individual donors
Anne Covey Ends.pngRepublican 56,540.38 25,000 PA Future Fund
Correale Stevens Ends.pngRepublican 44,101.58 5,000 Pennsylvania Society of Physicians Assistants, Gillespie, Miscavige, Ferdinand & Baranko LLC and four individual donors
Dwayne D. Woodruff Electiondot.pngDemocratic 29,514.80 5,000 Arthur J. Rooney II, President, Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club
Cheryl Lynn Allen Ends.pngRepublican 17,135.00 10,000 Eldora Ellison, Retired
Judith Olson Ends.pngRepublican 842.06 1,000 Carl G. Grefenstette, Director, Hillman Foundation
Rebecca L. Warren Ends.pngRepublican -2,668.35 5,000 Rebecca L. Warren

The Ultimately Destructive Power Of Special Interest Money

 Special Interest Money

This is just one snippet of the many union contributions that were received by former Senate Republican Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi in this election cycle.  Most interesting, is that senator Pileggi was not up for re-election this year.  So just what was this special interest money intended for?  Was it payback for blocking pension reform?  Obstructing the privatization efforts of Governor Corbett?  In either event, this money was used by the Majority Leader to further the very narrow interests of the few at the expense of the citizens as a whole.  Three other Philly area Republicans also received large chunks of money this year.

Union Donations to Repubs

There were many other donations Pileggi received from unions.  The power and sway of the PSEA money is legendary, they own politicians on all sides.  They will eventually come to regret that power and sway because it will, at some point, as we see in York City, blowback and severely damage those too greedy to bend to address the very real and unsustainable financial burdens placed on taxpayers in Pennsylvania.  We will see slower growth, fewer jobs and an increasing public welfare burden.  We already are suffereing massive tax increases on an annual basis to try float the Titanic of public employee pensions (Scanton has announced a 19% increase in property taxes for 2015).  Soon, it will no longer make sense for people to try to remain in their homes in PA and they will flee for friendlier climes like Florida, Texas and South Carolina.  Their children, our best and brightest will graduate from college in PA and move on to where the jobs are, deepening the death spiral.  The truth is, PA is on the same path as Detroit and Illinois and California.  With a $47 billion dollar unfunded pension obligation (stolen by politicans in the  dead of night in 2001), we face a declining standard of living, enslaved to the greed of unions leaders who bleed their members dry while they preside over the destruction of their pensions.  This WILL correct itself.  The only question to be answered is, at what a cost?

Perhaps there is a glimmer of hope in the change of leadership in the Senate.  Dominic Pilleggi is no longer in a position to obstruct the very real and very necessary reforms needed to preserve the ability of the PA economy to prosper.  We hope the new leadership will recognize the imperatives before us.  On the other had, just how long will it take the Unions to adjust strategy and divert their checks to the new leadership?  What is critical is that we break the destructive enslavement of politicans, union money has become over the common sense that should govern the development of policy in the legislature.  We need the passage of Paycheck Protection and the return to a balanced approach in governing the affairs of the citizens of PA.  All of us are entitled to the attention and best intentions of our elected officials…even if we cannot afford to send thousands of dollars in donations. Write your representative and ask them to support Paycheck Protection in the next Legislature.

It is also critically important that you know who and what is influencing your legislator.  For that you have to follow the money.  Literally that is the website.  Visit it here.







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Pileggi Carpenters Union Donations