"What would motivate a homemaker from Florida to donate so much, ($180,000) to a gubernatorial candidate in a state 1,100 miles away?
Well, Pegula’s husband Terry is CEO of East Resources Inc., the third largest driller for natural gas in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region. The firm has leased about 900,000 acres."
Friday, April 2, 2010
State Needs Limits On Campaign Contributions
The race for governor is again illustrating everything that’s wrong with Pennsylvania’s system of paying for election campaigns. Pennsylvania is one of 11 states without limits on cash contributions from individuals or political action committees. The more you have, the more you can give.
Take Kim Pegula, who’s listed in state campaign finance records as a homemaker from Boca Raton, Fla. In a two-month span late last year, Pegula donated $180,000 to Republican candidate Tom Corbett. And if she wanted to give Corbett even more this year, state law allows it. If Pegula donates to a candidate for Congress, however, federal law limits her to a maximum contribution of $2,400.