Cutler asks, Should Government Stop Collecting Political Money?
1/27/2014
HARRISBURG – In an effort to level the playing field for all organizations that try to collect funds to be spent on political advocacy, Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster County) authored House Bill 1507. The legislation would end the practice of direct payroll deductions by public employee unions. Critics of the bill have recently launched opposition attacks lumping the legislation into a “war on workers.” Cutler disagrees, and stresses House Bill 1507 is based on fairness.



“Currently, public employee unions can collect dues directly out of paychecks with no questions asked. A portion of that money is spent on political activity, and there is a clear issue with any portion of public funds being used to collect money for political gains,” Cutler said. “For me, the entire bill is about one fundamental question: Should government stop collecting political money?”

House Bill 1507 does not change the relationship or requirement between the individual union members and their union. Members would still be responsible for their dues or fair share fees, the Commonwealth would simply no longer collect and distribute them. Additionally, the individual members could still donate as much money as they wish to the political campaign committees. However, as with the dues, the members, not the government, will be responsible for sending it in.

“My legislation makes no attempt to limit the power of unions; it only asks that they collect dues and political money directly from their own members, and not by paycheck deduction,” Cutler adds. “No other organization, business or club has the power to use public assets for political purposes to collect money directly out of paychecks. I believe it’s time we drop the rhetoric and answer the one question I’ve always had: Should government be in the business of collecting political money? For me the answer is a clear and convincing no. People are in prison for using public assets for political purposes, and it’s time our laws are updated to treat this kind of activity for what it is; clear cut political activity.”

For more information on Rep. Cutler’s legislative goals visit www.RepCutler.com, or Facebook.com/RepBryanCutler.

Representative Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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