Sunday, February 13, 2011

Prominent Donor Dan Meuser Named to Corbett's Cabinet

Two articles detail how Big-time donor to the Corbett Campaign Dan Meuser has been named to his cabinet.

Meuser and Family Big Corbett Donors
Gov.-elect Corbett has trend of finding high-profile spots for campaign donors. by Andrew M. Seder of The Times Leader

An excerpt from Financial Statements Disclosed to Ethics Group by Peter Jackson -AP [2-13-11]

...Also referring questions about his statement to the governor’s office was Daniel P. Meuser, Corbett’s prospective revenue secretary — Pennsylvania’s tax collector.

Meuser stepped down in 2008 as president of Pride Mobility Products Corp., an Exeter-based company that sells power chairs, scooters and other equipment for people with physical problems that limit their mobility. He retained nearly 5 percent equity in the company last year.

Meuser, 46, also held a 20 percent share in two real-estate companies — Commonwealth Resources in Honesdale and Fairland Resources LLC in Wysox — and owned two rental properties -- in Harveys Lake and Oak Beach, N.Y. Harley said Meuser will continue to accept dividends from Pride Mobility, but will not profit from the real-estate firms or rental properties.

“His only income is going to be from the state,” Corbett Spokesman Kevin Harley said.

Meuser spent $1 million of his money on an ultimately unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination in northeast Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District in 2008. He contributed $50,000 to Corbett’s most recent campaign, according to state reports.

The governor said he is not concerned about conflicts of interest among his top advisers, even though he said many of them are taking pay cuts to work for the state...

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