Laura Olson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the story about Governor Tom Corbett’s appointees to the panel charged with charting a course toward privatizing various state services.
A glance at state campaign finance records shows that the majority of Gov. Corbett’s new privatization panel contributed to his campaign coffers during the last election cycle.
While many of the donors forked over smaller $500 or $1,000 checks, the more interesting statistic is that the names of all but seven of the 24 task-force members appear on Corbett’s fundraising reports. (That’s in a report search for their names only, not including family members or co-workers.)
Those 17 donors appear to have donated at least $234,750 directly in their names, with the largest portion of that – about $103,500 – from Philadelphia GOP mega-donor Bob Asher. Lewisburg businessman John D. Moran Jr., who heads a warehousing and logistics company, is listed as contributing $45,750 and another $38,000 in donated transportation services.
And the PA Dems wasted nary a moment blasting the bad optics of the choices:
“Tom Corbett created another vehicle to reward his donors and corporate special interests,” said Mark Nicastre, a spokesman with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party in a statement yesterday. “Tom Corbett’s privatization task force is stacked with donors and special interests. The most likely result is a path to more profits for Tom Corbett’s donors, but worse services for Pennsylvanians.”
Correction: An earlier version of this article indicated that the panel would focus on wine and spirits privatization. That is not correct. The panel will look at ways to privatize a variety of state services.