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Prosperity for Pennsylvania

Prosperity for Pennsylvania is a Super PAC supporting the re-election campaign of Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA).[1] It is run by several of his former aides.[2]

Prosperity for Pennsylvania first attracted controversy in October 2014, when it was revealed that the group’s sole donor at that point was a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, Green Orchard Inc.[3] As the Center for Public Integrity noted at the time, “Such nonprofit groups are not required by law to reveal their donors, even when contributing to super PACs, which must disclose their funders. A super PAC accepting money from a ‘dark money’ nonprofit group needs only to list the nonprofit’s name and address when identifying it as a donor.”[4] Thus, Prosperity for Pennsylvania was effectively accepting dark money.

In July 2015, Prosperity for Pennsylvania was once again criticized when it was revealed that the group had accepted $50,000 from Toomey’s leadership PAC.[5] Per The Huffington Post’s Paul Blumenthal,

“This could prove problematic since leadership PACs are, by definition, ‘directly or indirectly established, financed, maintained, or controlled’ by a candidate or lawmaker. Under the FEC’s coordination rules, the groups are required to be ‘independent’ from the candidates they support, meaning they are banned from making independent expenditures to help elect their controlling lawmaker. The contribution by Citizens for Prosperity in America Today to the super PAC appears to be an attempt to circumvent the coordination rules.”[6]

The Super PAC later refunded the contribution from the leadership PAC.[7] The group reported raising $1.26 million and held $1.25 million on hand as of March 31, 2016.[8]

[1]Pat Toomey’s PAC May Have Broken FEC Rules by Donating to a Super PAC Run By His Former Aides.” Paul Blumenthal, The Huffington Post, 07/02/11

[2]Pat Toomey’s PAC May Have Broken FEC Rules by Donating to a Super PAC Run By His Former Aides.” Paul Blumenthal, The Huffington Post, 07/02/11

[3]Pennsylvania super PAC gets ‘dark money’ infusion.” Michael Beckel, The Center for Public Integrity, 10/22/14

[4]Pennsylvania super PAC gets ‘dark money’ infusion.” Michael Beckel, The Center for Public Integrity, 10/22/14

[5]Pat Toomey’s PAC May Have Broken FEC Rules by Donating to a Super PAC Run By His Former Aides.” Paul Blumenthal, The Huffington Post, 07/02/15

[6]Pat Toomey’s PAC May Have Broken FEC Rules by Donating to a Super PAC Run By His Former Aides.” Paul Blumenthal, The Huffington Post, 07/02/15

[7]Pro-Toomey Super PAC raises $315,000 in second half of 2015.” Elena Schneider, Politico Morning Score, 01/29/16

[8]Prosperity for Pennsylvania Inc. FEC Form 3X.” Federal Election Commission, 03/3116, p. 2

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