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Food & Water Watch Report of Pro-Drillers Donating to PA Democrat Candidate Tom Wolf

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A report/press release naming names of companies and large individual donors to the Tom Wolf for Governor campaign in Pennsyvlania. Those named are nominally pro-drilling or who work for the shale …

A report/press release naming names of companies and large individual donors to the Tom Wolf for Governor campaign in Pennsyvlania. Those named are nominally pro-drilling or who work for the shale drilling industry. Which is bizarre, given that Wolf's party wants to tax the shale drilling industry right out of the state (most of them want a moratorium on new drilling). These people should be shunned by the drilling industry as being turncoats.

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  • 1.     232  S  4th  Street,  Suite  1F,  Philadelphia,  PA  19106   ph:  267-­‐428-­‐1903,  fax:  267-­‐428-­‐1913   www.foodandwaterwatchfund.org           A  review  of  Campaign  Finance  Reports  obtained  at  the  Pennsylvania  Department  of  State   website,  shows  that  Tom  Wolf  has  taken  money  from  PACs,  organizations  and  persons  tied   to  the  oil  and  gas  industry.       Looking  only  at  select  donations  from  Section  1  Parts  C  and  D  of  the  reports,  we  found  that   Tom  Wolf  For  Governor  has  received  at  least  $273,000  in  campaign  contributions  from  the   oil  and  gas  industry  and  companies  affiliated  with  the  industry.1       In  2013,  industry  and  industry  affiliates  contributed  over  $56,500  to  Tom  Wolf  For   Governor  and  in  2014  more  than  $217,000.  Individuals  who  work  for  an  industry  group  or   have  other  professional  ties  to  the  industry  tend  to  donate  smaller  amounts  but  make  up   the  largest  aggregate  of  donors.  Many  of  Wolf’s  donors  are  associated  with  the  Marcellus   Shale  Coalition,  a  trade  association  working  to  promote  shale  gas  development  in  the   Marcellus  shale.     Inteplast  Group  LTD,  a  plastics  manufacturer  in  the  petrochemical  industry,2  has  given  the   largest  sum  of  money:  $50,000.  The  McNees  PAC  for  the  firm  McNees,  Wallace  &  Nurick,  a   Marcellus  Shale  Coalition  Associate  Member,3  has  given  the  second  largest  sum  of  money,   $36,000;  and  Saul  Ewing,  LLP,  a  Marcellus  Shale  Coalition  Associate  Member,4  has  given   Wolf  a  total  of  $15,500.     A  key  individual  donor,  Marsha  Reines  Perelman,  gave  $25,000  in  2014.  This  is  the  single   largest  amount  given  by  an  individual  to  Wolf.    Although  she  lists  herself  as  a  homemaker   Perelman  actually  has  significant  ties  to  the  industry,  including  her  position  as  an   Independent  Director  of  Penn  Virginia  Corporation.5  According  to  Penn  Virginia's  website,   "Penn  Virginia  Corporation  (NYSE:  PVA)  is  an  independent  oil  and  gas  company  engaged  in   the  exploration,  development  and  production  of  oil,  NGLs  and  natural  gas  in  various   domestic  onshore  regions  of  the  United  States,  with  a  primary  focus  in  Texas,  and  other   properties  in  the  Mid-­‐Continent,  Mississippi  and  the  Marcellus  Shale  in  Appalachia."6   Among  individual  donors,  Charles  Hammel  gave  the  second  largest  amount  of  $20,000.   Hammel  owns  Pitt  Ohio,  a  company  that  is  currently  testing  natural  gas-­‐powered  Mack   Trucks.7  
  • 2.     232  S  4th  Street,  Suite  1F,  Philadelphia,  PA  19106   ph:  267-­‐428-­‐1903,  fax:  267-­‐428-­‐1913   www.foodandwaterwatchfund.org               Endnotes                                                                                                                   1  Tom  Wolf  For  Governor,  Campaign  Finance  Report,  Cycle  7,  Section  I,  Parts  C  and  D  (Contributions   Received  Over  $250);  Tom  Wolf  For  Governor,  Campaign  Finance  Report,  Cycle  1,  Section  I,  Parts  C   and  D  (Contributions  Received  Over  $250);  Tom  Wolf  For  Governor,  Campaign  Finance  Report,  Cycle   2,  Section  I,  Parts  C  and  D  (Contributions  Received  Over  $250),  from  Pennsylvania  Department  of   State,  Campaign  Finance  Reporting.  Committee  Information  for  Tom  Wolf  For  Governor.  CF  Reports.   Available  at:  https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/ElectionInfo/CommitteeInfo.aspx?ID=10691     2  Inteplast  Group.  “About  Us.”  Accessed  June  6,  2014,  available  at   http://temp.inteplast.com/ibs/about.html     3  Marcellus  Shale  Coalition.  “Associate  Members.”  Accessed  June  5,  2016,  available  at   http://marcelluscoalition.org/about/associate-­‐members/     4  Marcellus  Shale  Coalition.  “Associate  Members.”  Accessed  June  5,  2016,  available  at   http://marcelluscoalition.org/about/associate-­‐members/     5  Bloomberg  Businessweek,  Executive  Profile  of  Marsha  Reines  Perelman,  accessed  June  5,  2014,   available  at   http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=614370&ticker= PVA  ;  Penn  Virginia  Corporation.  Accessed  June  6,  2014,  available  at  http://www.pennvirginia.com/.       6  Penn  Virginia  Corporation.  Accessed  June  6,  2014,  available  at  http://www.pennvirginia.com/.       7  “PITT  OHIO  Tests  Natural  Gas-­‐Powered  MACK®  Pinnacle®  in  its  Fleet.”  October  16,  2013,  available   at  http://www.macktrucks.com/community/mack-­‐news/2013/pitt-­‐ohio/.   $0   $20,000   $40,000   $60,000   $80,000   $100,000   $120,000   $140,000   Donation  Amount   Graphic  Break  Down  of  Donor  Type,  April  2013  to  May  2014     Individual   Organization/Company   PAC