What bills are you advocating for?
Where are those bills now?
Why aren’t you advocating for term limits, campaign finance regulation, or some other good government issue?
I care about climate change. How does this affect MY issue?
March On Harrisburg is currently working on a ‘Corruption Handbook,’ to explain the connections between lobbying, limitless gifts for politicians and gerrymandering on all issues. For now, here are a couple of quick facts on the connection between lobbying and the environment and the opioid crisis:
The natural gas industry employs 203 lobbyists to represent their interests at the PA Capitol building – one for each member of the House. These industries have spent over $62 million in lobbying expenses since 2007, including spending on gifts, hospitality, and lodging for PA legislators. The result? PA is the only natural gas producing state with no severance tax. Without a severance tax, the state has lost almost a billion dollars in revenue since 2017.
Both at the state level and nationally, painkiller companies have spent $880,000,000 over the past ten years to lobby to continue the aggressive prescription of opioid painkillers and to kill any legislation that could reduce the flow of opioid painkillers. In Pennsylvania, Pain Care Forum has paid particular attention to House and Senate leadership. They donated $71,500 to Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati and $37,200 to Speaker of the House Mike Turzai during that time. The result? In PA alone, 3,500 died from an opioid overdose in 2015. In Philadelphia, 900 individuals have already died this year.