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“Opaque, pro-Democratic group” pours money into PA state races

A recent article in The Philadelphia Inquirer alluded to an “opaque, pro-Democratic group” pouring money into state races in Pennsylvania with the hopes of seeing more Democrats elected to office next month. 

That “opaque” group has a name: State Victory Action.

Tax filings – see here and here – show the group receives millions of dollars from government unions. It’s important to note this money is not designated as PAC money but is instead sourced from union dues paid by hardworking public servants in Pennsylvania. 

Case in point: State Victory Action received $6.7 million from the National Education Association (NEA) last year. Again, that money was sourced from union dues not from the union’s designated PAC money.  

If you’d like to learn more about how unions spend their members’ dues, check out our Where do your dues go? series.

Elisabeth Messenger

Elisabeth Messenger is CEO of Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector workers offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment in 2020, Elisabeth was in the publicity department at Atlantic Records in Los Angeles, CA. From there, she learned how to build organizations that would impact culture through positions in operations and business development at Universal Music Group, VEVO, and Beats Music.