Rep Daryl Metcalfe Corruption Documented

Thanks to the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington for the research for this article.

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe is a corrupt member of the Pennsylvania House.  he has taken direct action on behalf of both of his biggest campaign donors since 2008.  During that time Don Rodgers, owner of Creative Real Estate and John Stilley, CEO of Amerikohl have given Metcalfe $23,546 and $36,750 respectively in return for bills sponsored by their Representative directly benefiting their companies.  This quid pro quo is corruption.

Since 2008 Stilley is the single largest contributor to Metcalfe and Rodgers is second.  Creative Real Estate wanted to build a mixed use development which was to include restaurants.  Rodgers complained in a Pittsburgh Tribune Review article about the scarcity of liquor licenses available in the area and that this was affecting his proposed development.

Coincidentally (!!!) about that time Daryl Metcalf introduced a bill in Harrisburg which sought to create a new category for liquor licenses, a bill which would have solved his donor’s problem.

A similar situation happened with his largest donor Mr. Stilley.  Amerikohl is a coal mining company which wound up having problems with the EPA over water discharge permits.  National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits in particular.  The EPA required its own review after any state permit approval (PA’s DEP is infamously industry friendly) and this was an obstacle for Stilley.  Amerikohl was awaiting a permit approval under this system so Stilley testified on July 14, 2011 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight, and Government Spending about his process.

On February 23, 2011 Rep. Metcalfe sponsored a bill urging EPA to stop reviewing these permits.  It passed by a 148-49 vote.  Amerikohl got its permit in December 2012.

Stilley can thank his State Representative for getting a bill passed which directly benefited his business.  The fact he was Metcalfe’s largest campaign contributor during that period means that Daryl Metcalfe is bought lock, stock and barrel.

Lawsuit Seeks to Preserve Cheney Documents

A group of public interest organizations, led by CREW, have filed suit to force Dick Cheney to preserve all of his records.  There is sincere fear that his office may already be destroying valuable documents.  Cheney insists he is not part of the Executive Branch and exempt from laws requiring the preservation of papers and records.  

The destruction of millions of emails by the Bush White House in violation of the law is prompting much concern that the Vice President will violate the law.  The Presidential records Act of 1978 requires Cheney preserve the historical record but the Bush Administration is infamous for both its secrecy and unwillingness to cooperate with open government laws.

These are critical documents and records for both historical review and any future criminal investigations into war crimes committed by Bush Administration officials, including Cheney.  Destruction of records can and should be considered obstruction of justice.