ChamberPAC, the political arm of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, announced their endorsement of the Corbett-Crawley campaign.
The committee is the state’s largest broad-based business association, and enthusiastically supported the “pro-jobs administration” of Governor Corbett. Though officially bipartisan, ChamberPAC more frequently endorses Republican candidates.
“This dynamic gubernatorial ticket has kept the promises that they made four years ago as candidates to put the tax-and-spend policies of the past behind and reestablish Pennsylvania as a world economic leader,” Gene Barr, the President of the PA Chamber, stated.
Barr went on to boast that the Commonwealth “experienced on-time, fiscally responsible budgets that prioritize state government spending and wisely invest taxpayer dollars. The governor and lieutenant governor have also partnered with us and with pro-business lawmakers to enact initiatives that have stimulated private sector investment and encouraged job growth. And, they have proven to value the Commonwealth’s future business leaders and workers, as we are now spending more money on pre-K through grade twelve education than at any other time in state history.”
Overall classroom funding during the Corbett administration has actually decreased, due to a decrease in federal funding and the direction of education dollars toward pension obligations.
Marcellus shale, drilling regulations, tort reform, unemployment benefits and taxation were among the reasons ChamberPAC provided in support of the governor.
“I am proud and honored to have again received the endorsement of Pennsylvania’s largest broad-based coalition of job creators,” said Corbett. “They recognize the hard work my administration is doing to spark our economy and that I have kept my promises to implement a ‘More Jobs, Less Taxes’ agenda.”
Lt. Governor Cawley warned that a Democratic victory in 2014 would bring DC politics back to the state.
“Representing the businesses who employ our dedicated workforce, the Chamber understands we cannot afford to go back to a tax-and-spend agenda that has failed us in the past, and continues to fail us in Washington, DC.”
The endorsement shows that GOP interest groups are sticking with Corbett, despite the Governor’s lackluster polling numbers.
The Chamber follows the Pa. Business Council, whose PEGPAC endorsed Corbett in November.