Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Boscola v. PPL (Part II)

Yesterday I told you about State Senator Lisa Boscola's flip-flop on electricity deregulation. Back in 1996 then-State Rep. Boscola voted for for the bill which allowed electricity deregulation and the rate caps which are set to expire in the next few years. Now, State Senator Boscola is the head cheerleader leading the opposition to the expiration of these rate caps.

Today I am going to tell you how PPL contributes to the campaigns of state reps and senators, including Boscola

PPL has a PAC. It is called the PPL Good Government Committee (aka PPL for Good Government).

Since 2001, they have given $4,600 to Boscola, which is really nothing for this PAC. Although, I am not sure what that money got them except a public hearing with the PUC in south Bethlehem last week. Not really money well spent. (Note: Campaign Finance records are not online for the time period of 1995-1996, I would have liked to see what kind of money PPL gave Boscola during the time the deregulation bill was pending.)

In their latest filing with the Department of State, PPL had $136,239.71 available to them, and gave away $49,224.57.

They get their money from their employees. Their contributions are deducted from their paychecks. That is why the majority of the contributions are number like $13.46 and $20.67.

In the most recent filing, the following local representatives and senators received money from this PAC.
(Push or scroll over to see the contribution amount)
CITIZENS FOR BROWNE
ALLENTOWN,&nbspPA &nbsp18105
Description:PATRICK BROWNE, STATE SENATE 16TH PA
3/3/2008$8,000.00

BRENNAN FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE
BETHLEHEM,&nbspPA &nbsp18015
Description:JOSEPH BRENNAN, STATE HOUSE 133 PA
2/19/2008$5,000.00

CITIZENS FOR CLYMER
SELLERSVILLE,&nbspPA &nbsp18960
Description:PAUL CLYMER, STATE HOUSE 145 PA
2/14/2008$256.00

BRENNAN FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE
BETHLEHEM,&nbspPA &nbsp18015
Description:JOSEPH BRENNAN, STATE HOUSE 133 PA
2/13/2008$500.00


FRIENDS OF DOUG REICHLEY
BREININGSVILLE,&nbspPA &nbsp18031
Description:DOUGLAS REICHLEY, STATE HOUSE 134 PA
2/12/2008$500.00

FRIENDS OF DOUG REICHLEY
BREININGSVILLE,&nbspPA &nbsp18031
Description:DOUGLAS REICHLEY, STATE HOUSE 134TH PA
1/9/2008$1,000.00

CITIZENS FOR CARL MANTZ
KUTZTOWN,&nbspPA &nbsp19530
Description:CARL MANTZ, STATE HOUSE 187TH PA
1/7/2008$250.00

CITIZENS FOR CLYMER
SELLERSVILLE,&nbspPA &nbsp18960
Description:PAUL CLYMER STATE HOUSE 145TH PA
1/7/2008$500.00

CITIZENS TO ELECT CRAIG DALLY
HARRISBURG,&nbspPA &nbsp17108
Description:CRAIG DALLY, STATE HOUSE 138TH PA
1/7/2008$1,600.00

The complete list of the PPL PAC's contributions for the latest reporting period can be found here
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Now, I am a busy man and do not have time to research voting records and additional contributions(I barely have time to write a blog), however I am going to watch to see how the above legislators vote on bills concerning PPL in the future.

If any one wants to look at PPL's People for Good Government's other finance reports, they are linked here.

I am not trying to cause trouble for any of these elected officials. I like some of these guys. I am just trying to shed light on this problem. Regular people do not have this type of influence on their elected officials. Companies like PPL all have PACs donating to campaigns and all have expensive lobbyists working for them.. One thing we citizens cannot forget is that elected officials work for us. The little guy still has a voice on election day! I am not saying all these officials are engaging in pay to play, I just want to raise awareness. A well-informed electorate is a dangerous thing!

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