Will Tom Corbett Return $10,000 From Businessman Under Federal and State Investigation?
Yesterday, federal and state law enforcement authorities including the FBI, Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, and IRS raided Minuteman Environmental Services of Milton. During a 2012 visit, Tom Corbett touted the company as an example of "an American success story." What Tom Corbett seemingly forget to disclose was the $10,000 contribution from Minuteman's owner Brian Bolus. Tom Corbett should immediately return the $10,000 to show there is no conflict of interest during an ongoing investigation. This is just another example of Governor Corbett looking out for special interest benefactors instead of fighting for the middle-class Pennsylvanians.
Additionally, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party submitted a Right-To-Know request for all communications between Governor Corbett's office and the Minuteman companies.
Minuteman was also fined $7,000 by the Department of Environmental Protection for dumping and storing waste without a permit.
Associated Press: State, fed agents raid Pa. enviro services company
"State and federal agents on Wednesday raided a central Pennsylvania company that cleans up spills, hauls fracking waste and provides other environmental services to the natural gas drilling industry. The raid took place at Minuteman Environmental Services in Milton. The FBI and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection confirmed to The Associated Press they were among the agencies taking part. Agents from the state Attorney General's Office and the IRS also participated, loading boxes of evidence into an unmarked white truck, The Daily Item of Sunbury reported."
Williamsport Sun Gazette: American success story; Corbett praises plant
"Gov. Tom Corbett said Minuteman Environmental Services Inc. represents the sort of company that helps the state move forward economically. The governor used a visit Wednesday to the company in Milton's industrial park to defend his budget plan and encourage more innovative entrepreneurship. 'This is an American success story right here,' he said, while standing with Brian Bolus and his family at the company's plant site."
Minuteman Environmental Services Owner Contributed $10,000 To Tom Corbett.
According to Pennsylvania's Campaign Finance Records, Minuteman Owner Brian Bolus contributed $10,000 to Tom Corbett in 2009 and 2010.
Campaign Finance Records, http://followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/contributor_details.phtml...
Gant Daily: DEP Fines Minuteman Environmental Services for Unpermitted Waste Activities in Three Counties
"The Department of Environmental Protection announced that it has fined Minuteman Environmental Services of Mifflinville, Columbia County, $7,000 for operating transfer facilities without approval last summer in Clinton and Union counties.'Our investigation in July 2010 determined that Minuteman was dumping and storing waste without DEP’s approval in Greene Township, Clinton County, and White Deer Township, Union County,' said DEP Waste Management Program Manager Patrick Brennan."