Pa. hearing to focus on political groups

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A group that aired TV ads critical of Gov. Tom Corbett is the impetus for a planned hearing before the House State Government Committee.

Chairman Daryl Metcalfe, said Thursday he believes the group Pennsylvanians for Accountability should register as a state political committee and disclose its contributions and expenditures because it’s trying to influence the outcome of an election.

The Butler County Republican says his committee will hold an informational hearing June 5.

The group has run TV spots suggesting the Republican governor has placed the interests of corporations over education, health care and other social programs.

Spokeswoman Lynsey Kryzwick says the group has applied for federal tax-exempt status as a “social welfare” advocate. She says it’s a bipartisan group with 8,000 members who signed up on Facebook.

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