Marshall (R-Beaver) and O’Neill (R-Bucks) have drawn the group’s ire for their votes in favor of budgets and projects supported by former Governor Ed Rendell.
CAP reserves its strongest criticism for Miller (R-York), Chair of the House Labor and Industry Committee, who it accuses of delaying right-to-work legislation which prohibits employers from making membership in a labor union a condition of employment (a common negotiation demand of unions).
After a summer hearing, Miller said right-to-work legislation was not his top priority. Rather, he would focus on other proposals opposed by labor unions, including reforms to prevailing wage laws and changes to the state’s unemployment compensation system.
The group launched a similar campaign earlier this year against Republican Senators Pat Vance (R-Cumberland) and Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming). Spending as well as school vouchers were the primary issues in those ads.
Knepper would not confirm the size of the buy, except to say it was smaller than the six-figure splash against Vance and Yaw. He said the group intended to use the ads to achieve an impact by themselves, rather than via earned media.
It’s part of CAP’s broader mission to pressure Republican legislators from the right.