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Koch-Backed Super PAC Launches Advocacy Campaign

Harrisburg-Capitol-steps2Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are dipping their toes into Pennsylvania state politics.

The American Future Fund, an Iowa-based super PAC founded by former Mitt Romney aides and linked to the Koch brothers, announced a multimedia advertising and advocacy effort Wednesday.

The statewide campaign aims to encourage legislators’ efforts regarding the “3 Ps: pension reform, paycheck protection and liquor privatization.”

An increased Republican majority in the state House and Senate has AFF Political Action Chairman Nick Ryan optimistic. He hopes the advocacy effort, which includes phone calls to legislators, will hold them accountable to their campaign promises.

“With 11 more votes in the conservative column, lawmakers have no excuse to bow to Union pressure or the special interests’ influence, no matter who is in the governor’s mansion,” Ryan stated. “The time for action on these pocketbook issues is now, and we’ll be reminding them of that fact.”

There have already been rumblings about legislation surrounding these issues. Republican Sen. Scott Wagner has said he hopes to push another vote on a “paycheck protection” proposal that would stop the deduction of union dues from paychecks. His proposal failed in the Senate last year.

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and House Speaker Mike Turzai also indicated interest in the “3 Ps.” Both have cited pension reform as a priority for this session. Turzai will continue to push liquor privatization laws, as well.

12 Responses

  1. Surprised by the quick move. Thought they’d wait until February. Guess they’re shopping for appropriate primary candidates early. Oh, it’s a January white sale!

  2. Pension reform. What to say? Years of underfunding. Where to begin? How to fix? Paycheck protection and privatization. Ludicrous! It’s all about disenfranchisement and keeping people down.

  3. America (and Pennsylvania) doesn’t need another era of “robbber baronism”.
    I echo what David Diano said.

  4. Well, the Kochs saw the For Sale sign on the Republican Caucus door, and have decided to make an offer. Who can blame them? There goes the neighborhood…

  5. Governor Wolf had better don his warrior’s mask and have a veto pen at the ready. Wolf also has the bully pulpit, and thus can command the megaphone to expose this right wing trash for what it is: Gifts to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

  6. The title of this article should be: Funding the Commonwealth Foundation Increased – now hiring paid protesters.

  7. Pay check protection – the phrase is laughable – the long-term effect will be smaller paychecks.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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