Shady Union-Backed Deals Make The Case For Paycheck Protection

HARRISBURG — Following a report that the shadowy union-backed organization Pennsylvanians for Accountability failed to file mandatory federal tax documents, Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement.

“This latest report regarding the questionable behavior of a union-backed shadow organization further demonstrates the importance of bringing paycheck protection to Pennsylvania,” Gleason said. “Paycheck protection would ensure that our taxpayers would not be forced to bankroll the political aims of partisan union bosses.

“The state and national public sector unions behind Pennsylvanians for Accountability flouted tax laws in an effort to conceal their identities while smearing Republican candidates, and they used our state tax dollars to do it. Our citizens should not have to worry that their hard-earned tax dollars are being used to fund political groups such as Pennsylvanians for Accountability without their consent.”

According to a report from the Center for Public Integrity, liberal interest group Pennsylvanians for Accountability has admitted to not filing a “mandatory” tax return that would disclose information about the groups backers and funding. The report, which noted a failure to file the return could carry a fine of up to $50,000, listed Pennsylvania’s Service Employee International Union as a significant benefactor to the organization. (Michael Beckel, “Anti-Corbett ‘dark money’ group faces IRS fine,” Center for Public Integrity, 1/13/2015)