New Corbett PSA Targets Welfare Fraud (With Video)
By Geoffrey Middleberg and Keegan Gibson
The Corbett administration is airing an ad, paid for by the Department Of Public Welfare, that asks Pa. citizens to report welfare fraud.
The ad is currently on TV and radio throughout the state as part of the Pennsylvania Broadcasters Association’s Non Commercial Sustaining Agreement.
It’s not costing the state anything, explained Corbett’s Deputy Director of Communications Kelli Roberts.
“Unsold airtime is donated by Pennsylvania broadcasters commonwealth-wide to the NCSA program through the PBA. This airtime is made available to certain entities, state/federal and non-profits, free of charge for effective public outreach messages,” she said. “We were offered this opportunity by the PBA. The spot was produced in house and therefore was of no cost.”
The Department of Public Welfare has been the subject of scrutiny over the past few weeks. At the end of September, there were reports that DPW funds had been diverted to luxury goods at facilities that take care of the disabled.
Kathleen Daugherty, coordinator of the Coalition for Low Income Pennsylvanians, wrote an op-ed in the Patriot-News on September 23rd that said, “What is shocking is the Corbett administration’s insistence that ridding the DPW of “waste, fraud and abuse” will somehow justify cuts in services that really help people improve their lives.”