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.