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Dark money & anti-Corbett ads

Published by Tim McNulty on .

As Andrew said below, Bill Heltzel at Public Source does a great job today of looking into "Pennsylvanians for Accountability," the shadowy social welfare group running ads against Gov. Tom Corbett's budget.

Like the Tea Party groups currently at issue in the IRS scandal, PFA seems engaged in political activity but doesn't have to disclose its donors and is seeking (like the conservative groups) tax-exempt status. It lists its addresses at the Union Project in Highland Park (though the director there has never heard of them) and at a UPS store in Fox Chapel. It is likely affiliated with America Votes, a progressive group.

One of the people who incorporated PFA told Heltzel (a former P-G reporter) that she doesn't know who started the group or why. Others ducked his questions.

From the story:

Dan Ford is named as the person at the America Votes address to whom documents should be returned. FCC records identify him as campaign director of the group. Ford, of Harrisburg, has worked as a union organizer for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a trainer and recruiter for Service Employees International Union, and a political campaign manager.

When reached by telephone, Ford said he would talk later, but did not respond to several voice mail messages.

Linda J. Cook of Brookhaven, near Harrisburg, and Kevin C. Kantz of Edinboro are listed as incorporators. They are retired teachers who have been active in the Pennsylvania State Education Association. They did not respond to telephone messages requesting comment.

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