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Alloway leads other local Pa. Senate candidates in funds raised

There are 67 comments on the Public Opinion story from Mar 17, 2008, titled Alloway leads other local Pa. Senate candidates in funds raised. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Richard Alloway II has raised more money than the other three Republicans combined in the race for a seat currently held by state Sen.

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New Castle, DE

#1 Mar 18, 2008
It's no badge of honor to have received the most PAC money. Contrast that dubious achievement with Obama who hasn't taken any PAC money. Being beholden to the PACs means the candidate is in it to take care of himself/herself and the citizens in the 33rd district are a distant second. Some of the candidates are running to make it a career...a long-term job...from which they'll retire with a healthy pension and perks the average worker does not get. And don't forget the perks the PACs will provide over the years. You can bet that all candidates want to become a performer in the Harrisburg Kabuki Theatre and stay a long, long time.

United States

#2 Mar 18, 2008
I wonder if Punt gave him the 10 grand or is making payments over the next 5 years.

For Sale: 1 PA Senate seat - who can get the most cash. I guess the money from other senators is money guaranteeing a "party" man.

Sad. Sad. Sad.

Who is going to Represent all of us instead of being a party yes man. That is what we need to find out.

Manahawkin, NJ

#3 Mar 18, 2008
I'm checking into Curley, he has the right connections to Harrisburg--none. Why are all of these politicians from other ares of the state donating to Alloway? Contributors from Franklin Co. read like a who's who in Franklin Co. politics. Do you think these good ole boys want anything to change? They know a vote for Alloway will maintain their status quo. Alloway got $10,000 from the Friends of Bob Regola, the political action committee of a Pittsburgh area state senator charged with perjury in connection with the shooting death of his teenage neighbor in 2006. Here we go again, this is $10,000 his greedy little campaign should have refused. "He fully expects to be vindicated," Alloway said. "I don't know a whole lot about it. Terry Punt said he's a good man and that he supports him." Well then, if Terry supports him you do too. This is exactly the type of "representation" the citizens of Franklin Co don't need. It looks like a long line of supporters, all wanting and expecting favors and pay backs. Let the corruption continue.

United States

#4 Mar 18, 2008
First of all, its not a bad thing to have a contribution list that looks like a whos who.
It only goes to show that people think Mr. Alloway
will make the best Senator for our district. What
really concerns me is why Mr. Hook shows such a long list of contributions for Mr. Alloway and hardly any for Mr. Taylor. At least Mr. Alloways
contributors are Pa and local people, not out of
state people. And talk about PACs, it is my understanding that Mr. Taylor is the head of a PAC.

Wilmington, DE

#5 Mar 18, 2008
So what, it didn't seem to bother anyone that Kauffman was bought and paid for by the State Pa. Republican party. They gave him well over 100,000 in money and support.
Just asking

United States

#6 Mar 18, 2008
Reminds me of the Kauffman campaign. He received most of his funding from Harrisburg & made so-o-o many promises like working on TERM LIMITS. What ever happened to the young man campaigning to the gentleman in Harrisburg? They bought a good party man. Remember this when voting for another 'yes' man. For the party, not the people. Maybe with term limits they will be more honest.
Voice of Reason

Chambersburg, PA

#7 Mar 18, 2008
Dave beat me to it, i too was wondering how Terry was going to give that much money, being he's so hard up. This is Shuster and Kauffman all over again, it's a damn shame its always about who has the most money.

Ada, OH

#8 Mar 18, 2008
Dave thanks for asking the above three questions. Ill take a few minutes and answer them for you.

1) Punt gave Alloway one check for $10,000
2) Alloway will raise the most money because he has the biggest and most organized campaign. Therefore, more people are believing in his campaign. than any of the other candidates campaign. This is not unusual.
3) alloway will represent all of the 33rd senate district in a hardworking, honorable way. I know he will do a decent job trying to control government spending and reducing taxes and government waste.

Dave, if you have any other questions that relate to this election, Ill be more than happy to help if I know the answer. Thanks again, and have a nice day.
Bob Kauffman

Roaring Spring, PA

#9 Mar 18, 2008
Actually, my evil twin Rob took close to 250,000K from the state party. In his two elections, he has taken more than 75% of his campaign donations from outside of the 89th district...go figure. Republicans in Franklin County don't care. They are the most brain washed group of electrate in the nation. BRING BACK JEFF COY!!!

United States

#10 Mar 18, 2008
Does anyone (but Alloway's family/friends) think it is a good thing to be bought & paid for by the political powers? Think of Shuster. Will we ever get rid of him? Maybe when he gets a better offer.

Ada, OH

#11 Mar 18, 2008
Voice of Reason, you are unfortunately right. I am not saying it is right, but I am saying it is fact. Money matter in politics as much as it matter in everyday life.

Manahawkin, NJ

#12 Mar 18, 2008
Alloway will represent Alloway's own interests first, followed closely by his list of donors according to the amount of money they funnel into his campaign. Why hold an election, just sell the seat to the highest bidder. The sheeple of Franklin Co. will not disappoint Alloway or his contributors.

New Castle, DE

#13 Mar 18, 2008
Politicians are stooges. They're puppets who dance for their PAC and special interest puppetmasters, the string-pullers. No integrity, no ethics, no values...just prostitutes.
V for Vendetta

Hagerstown, MD

#14 Mar 18, 2008
His nickname isn't "Richy Rich" for nuthin'. ;-)

Ada, OH

#15 Mar 18, 2008
Allisfair - Karl - "V" : YES, YES, and YES. You are all right. A campaign is just like buying out a car. You do your best to buy the one that you hope will last the longest and and preform best to your standards. Sometimes you get a cherry and sometimes you get a lemon. Ill hoping Rich is a cherry and not a lemon.

Waynesboro, PA

#16 Mar 18, 2008
Alloway took the $10,000 pay raise for judges that was part of the 2 AM pay raise package. Punt, a payraiser, picked Alloway and gave him $10,000. A second $10,000 for Alloway came from State Senator Jake Corman, who also voted for the pay raise. And of course Regola gave $10,000 and he is on trial for perjury. Alloway says he is for "change" (like Obama), but with supporters like these, don't hold your breath.

Wilmington, DE

#17 Mar 18, 2008
I'm trying to put together a puzzle here. Punt didn't announce he was stepping down before his term was up until a week after Alloway resigned. But Alloway, immediately upon suddenly resigning his position as judge went to the Franklin County Courthouse to tell certain persons about his campaign? How can that be if there was no position to campaign for at that point?

Seems to me there is more to this story than what we are getting told by the press. How could Alloway know to quit his job and begin campaigning for a position that wasn't even open at the time?

And why did Mr. Punt donate $10,000 to Mr. Alloway's campaign? Sounds a whole lot like, "This is the candidate the party is supporting and you better give him some money since you are the one that caused us to have to have to elect someone to fill your position by resigning early."

Seems to me things were in the works long before Mr. Punt publicly stepped down from his position. There's got to be more to the story than what we are reading.

Now, Curley -- gosh, I like that guy just because he's not all about money! I sure am looking forward to hearing his positions on the issues. Imagine that we could actually have an opportunity to vote for someone who didn't buy their way into the position.

United States

#18 Mar 18, 2008
Love Rich's comment that Punt says Regola is a good man. This is great -- whatever Punt says, Rich trusts and goes along with. For whatever reason, the way of this district seems to be vote for the person with the most money. We've seen it in state rep. races, commissioner races, congressional races, and now this senate race. No way is Rich for change when he's clearly in the pockets already of the Harrisburg elite.
What Up

Chambersburg, PA

#19 Mar 18, 2008
I think I will vote for Taylor at least he promises he will only serve two terms. Alloway will stay in there forever.
No Way with Alloway

Gallitzin, PA

#20 Mar 18, 2008
The Political Establishment wants this guy, therefore they are trying to buy him the election... not to represent the citizens of the district, but to represent the GOP leadership.


We need people in Harrisburg who AREN'T going to follow party leadership and their special interests because that is one of the major problems that is exactly hurting us, the citizens, and this state. Past evidence and current trends continue to prove that very point.

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