Last night, Pennsylvania’s government union leaders preserved their exclusive political privilege. By a close vote of 90-102, the state House voted down SB 166 which would have prohibited government from collecting and distributing political campaign contributions.
State government currently deducts government unions’ political contributions from workers’ paychecks. As a result, taxpayers have helped the top 14 government unions funnel more than $35 million to elected official and political candidates since 2007. In other words, government perpetuates an unethical power cycle in which union leaders can send taxpayer-collected contributions to the elected officials who vote on reforms such as SB 166.
Government union leaders should not be exempted from ethical standards that have sent elected officials to jail. In fact, a majority of Pennsylvania voters support paycheck protection, and 80 percent of union households believe taxpayer resources should not be used to collect campaign contributions.
That’s why lawmakers must prioritize taxpayers and continue to fight for this good government reform. Below are the 90 lawmakers who voted for SB 166. We applaud these 90 men and women who stood strong for taxpayers and fairness. Thank you!
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House of Representatives, Yes Votes
The table below lists the representatives who voted against SB 166, letting government unions continue using taxpayer resources to collect campaign contributions.
House of Representatives, No Votes
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