#PAGOV: RGA Illegally Gave PAC Money to Corbett from Sheldon Adelson; Then Blames Tom Wolf

The Republican Governor’s Association has a Political Action Committee, the RGP Pennsylvania PAC, which is set up to help Governor Tom Corbett to win reelection.  Sometime earlier this year, Sheldon Adelson, the republican mega-donor who has Republican presidential candidates kissing his feet for his millions, donated close to $1,000,000 to the Republican Governors Association PAC and then that money was transferred to RGA PA PAC.  Chris Brennen from the Philadelphia Daily News reports:

A POLITICAL-action committee set up to help Gov. Corbett win re-election received nearly $1 million from a billionaire casino investor barred from making political contributions in Pennsylvania.

The Republican Governors Association, chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, reported receiving $1 million for its federal political-action committee on Dec. 31 from Sheldon Adelson, CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp.

The group immediately moved $987,844 of Adelson’s money into its “RGA Pennsylvania 2014 PAC,” according to a state campaign-finance report filed Jan. 31.

So what is the big deal here?  This is illegal under Pennsylvania law. 

Pennsylvania’s gaming law prohibits casino owners in the state from making contributions to candidates for state office or political-action committees in Pennsylvania

So, who does the Republican Governors Association blame for this after they were caught with their pants around their legs?  Wait for it…

“The RGA has transferred the donation out of the Pennsylvania account,” Thompson said via email. “It’s clear Democrats are desperate to talk about anything other than Tom Wolf’s failed record.”

That’s right, they transfer the funds back into the Republican Governors Association accounts and then blame Tom Wolf.  Because ya know, breaking state election law is always Tom Wolf’s fault.

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