Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called for the immediate passage of pay-to-play legislation (S-341) that would restrict campaign contributions by public employee labor organizations.
Sen. Tom Kean called for the immediate passage of pay-to-play legislation that would restrict campaign contributions by public employee labor organizations. (Flickr)
His action follows claims made by Senate President Stephen Sweeney that certain public labor unions expressly tied future campaign contributions to specific legislative action they are demanding on measures they support.
“I don’t think anyone is shocked by the allegations made by the Senate President that public-sector labor unions are attempting to influence the legislative process with campaign donations,” said Kean. “The only surprise is that it is happening so publicly in this instance. This just serves as confirmation that the quid pro quo actually occurs that most people suspected between unions and the elected Democrats they usually support.”
Kean is the sponsor of campaign finance reforms that would apply pay-to-play restrictions to public employee labor organizations that enter into collective bargaining or public labor agreements. The restrictions would apply at all levels of state and local government.
“The cycle of public-sector unions making donations to elected officials who then approve greater taxpayer-funded benefits for the unions that supported them is a recipe for waste and corruption,” said Kean. “I hope the Senate President’s announcement today will encourage his advancement of my legislation that will help prevent the cycle of corruption. He should post S-341 for a vote immediately.”
The legislation has been introduced every session since 2012 by Kean and Senator Mike Doherty (R-23), but has not been allowed any legislative hearings by Senate Democrats.
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