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Chairman's Report

Chairman’s Report

Welcome to the Chairman’s Report, a new feature of the Pennsylvania Future Fund.

This section will be updated with content relevant to our members.  This page is aimed to highlight areas of support and campaigns the Pennsylvania Future Fund is engaged in. Each month this section will be updated with news and important events for our members. As Chairman I know that I work for the members, as well as the party.

—Bob Asher, Chairman


Our Annual Event Was A Huge Success

Thank you to all those who attended the Pennsylvania Future Fund event on February 3rd. The event was well attended and the crowd was full of people committed to making a difference in Pennsylvania politics. I love getting together with our supporters and witnessing the commitment not just to the Future Fund but also to Pennsylvania.

As we look forward to this upcoming election, The Future Fund would not be able to make the difference we do in Pennsylvania politics without our supporters. It is you who make all of the things we do possible. We choose to support strong Republican candidates who are committed to working to do the right thing to move Pennsylvania forward.

I would like to thank the elected officials who took the time to be at our event in Philadelphia. We had an outstanding turnout and would like to acknowledge all who attended: Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, House Speaker Turzai, Senate Majority Leader Corman, and House Majority Leader Reed, Senator Rafferty, Senator Mensch, Senator Gordner, Representative Taylor, Representative Harper, and Representative Stephens. Our legislators have always answered the call and made themselves available to their loyal supporters. The Future Fund Board and I would like to thank them for their support and generosity.


The Pennsylvania Future Fund Annual Event

This month, I’d like take this opportunity to invite you to our annual Pennsylvania Future Fund event happening on February 3rd. This event is not to be missed as it is our biggest event of the year. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet the new Future Fund members as well as reconnect with friends. I cannot think of a better way to kick off this new election year than to support a cause that is committed to putting the right people in office this year. Please see the details below and RSVP Diane Batschelet. I look forward to seeing you there.

The Pennsylvania Future Fund cordially invites you to a reception honoring

Honorable Joe Scarnati, President Pro Tempore

Honorable Mike Turzai, Speaker of the House

Honorable Jake Corman, Majority Floor Leader

Honorable Dave Reed, Majority Leader

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

5:30-7:30pm

The Union League of Philadelphia

Attendance by current Future Fund members is complimentary

Private Reception $1,000             Guests $500

Please RSVP to Diane Batschelet 267-384-2756 or Ladydiasher@aol.com


Thank You.

I wanted to take this space to extend a genuine thank you to all of our members. The Pennsylvania Future Fund relies on its members to keep this PAC going. The Future Fund is currently as strong as ever and is proud to close out the year on a high note. The members worked tirelessly throughout the elections this year all over the state. Many candidates, organizations, and Republican committees benefited from the contributions that our members have made. It’s not just about the money, however…I have heard many stories of our members getting out and volunteering for countless campaigns. It is so important to me to be a part of an organization that knows how far contributions and hard work can go for a candidate.

The Future Fund is only as good as its members and I believe that we have the best members in the state. The Board is comprised of some of the strongest political thinkers in the state and I am honored to work with them.

On that note I’d like to a moment to remind you to mark your calendars for our Annual Reception on February 3rd at the Union League in Philadelphia. This is the one fundraiser of the year, I hope you’ll consider attending.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and a safe and healthy New Year. I am looking forward to keeping this momentum going in 2016.

Bob Asher


Pennsylvania is Still Without a Budget

The fact that there is not a budget anywhere near completed and we are heading into the winter months is unacceptable in Pennsylvania. This directly affects many necessary social services and Pennsylvania schools who need funding to continue to operate. The budget impasse looks bleak. The Pennsylvania Legislature did the job asked by its constituents and passed a budget on time with no tax increases. Governor Wolf has refused to sign it or negotiate on details. The Republican Leadership has made it crystal clear that they are willing to talk to the Governor, but not raise taxes for hardworking Pennsylvanians.

Governor Wolf is holding the innocent hostage because the government is running ‘business as usual’.  We are now 4 months with no budget. That is far too long for a state to operate without a budget. There needs to be compromise or ramifications.

Pennsylvania and Illinois are the only two states in the United States not to pass a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

School Districts are also in pain. It has gotten to the point that school districts and borrowing money and asking for more time to pay their bills. PA schools have taken out over $430 million in loans over the last four months, with Philadelphia schools borrowing at an especially alarming rate, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said last week.

Republicans and Democrats are in agreement that this has gone one for way too long. Sign the budget that was presented to you Governor Wolf. Pennsylvanians are depending on you to do the job you were elected to do.


Upcoming Election Information

We are heading into the final stretch of the 2015 general election and as I’ve said before, we as Republicans must remain focused on the upcoming municipal elections in Pennsylvania on November 3rd. In addition to your contributions to the Pennsylvania Future Fund we ask that you talk to your family, friends and neighbors and make sure they are registered to vote.  The deadline to register to vote in this election is October 5, 2015. Please encourage everyone to visit the Pennsylvania Voter Services website here to update your voter registration or download a voter registration form.

If you are registered to vote, yet not able to make it to the polls on Tuesday, November 3rd, please make sure you vote by absentee ballot.  Your County Board of Elections must receive your application for an absentee ballot no later than 5pm on the Tuesday preceding the election.  Fill out the application here .

Each and every single vote counts, so let’s make sure that our voices are heard.  Elections like this are the ones that shape the landscape of Pennsylvania politics.  We have an opportunity to put Republicans on the Supreme, Superior, and Commonwealth Courts, as well as in County, municipal row offices and school boards.  Please encourage your friends and families to get registered to vote and to make their voices heard.


Contributions

The Pennsylvania Future Fund is proud to report to its members that we have contributed over $225,000 so far this year to the statewide Republican Judges in Pennsylvania.  It is so important to support these prominent judges running for Supreme, Superior and Common courts.  This would not have been possible without the support of our members.  It is integral to remain focused on the judicial and municipal races this Fall. Please check out this month’s Spotlight to meet the candidates running for Supreme Court.


Top 10 PAC List

The Pennsylvania Future Fund has been in the top ten overall statewide PACs since its inception in 2001.  Among the others on the list, The Future Fund stands out as the only pro-growth and non-association committee on the list.  This is a major accomplishment that the Board is incredibly proud to maintain. We could not do this without the support of our illustrious members who have a major help in moving the Future Fund higher on the list.

1

Local Union #98 IBEW Cope


Aggregate Expenditures:

$6,241,397

Organizer:

John Dougherty /IBEW

2011-12 Rank:

1


2

PSEA-PACE for State Elections


Aggregate Expenditures:

$3,145,739

Organizer:

Teachers’ Union

2011-12 Rank:

5


3

Pennsylvania SEIU COPE


Aggregate Expenditures:

$2,154,139

Organizer:

Services Union

2011-12 Rank:

24


4

Laborers District Council


Aggregate Expenditures:

$2,046,298

Organizer:

LIUNA – Philadelphia

2011-12 Rank:

3


5

Pennsylvania Future Fund


Aggregate Expenditures:

$1,851,318

Organizer:

Businessman/ GOP National Committeeman Robert Asher

2011-12 Rank:

6


6

Committee for a Better Tomorrow


Aggregate Expenditures:

$1,835,484

Organizer:

Philadelphia Trial Lawyers

2011-12 Rank:

4


7

Carpenters PAC of Philadelphia & Vicinity


Aggregate Expenditures:

$1,747,406

Organizer:

Carpenters Union

2011-12 Rank:

8


8

AFSCME People Public Employee


Aggregate Expenditures:

$1,525,242

Organizer:

State, County, Muni Union

2011-12 Rank:

20


9

Students First PAC


Aggregate Expenditures:

$1,209,408

Organizer:

School Choice Partners of Susquehanna International Group

2011-12 Rank:

2


10

Keeping America Competitive


Aggregate Expenditures:

$1,160,185

Organizer:

Ed Rendell Political Org

2011-12 Rank:

9