Lou Barletta’s LOU PAC supported Frank Scavo — Scavo is now in prison for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection that attempted to throw out millions of Pennsylvanians’ votes, and injured 140 police officers

PENNSYLVANIA — On Monday, Frank Scavo began his 60-day prison sentence for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection, which included recording himself inside the Capitol and organizing four buses to bring hundreds of Pennsylvanians to Washington, D.C. that day. Scavo is now spending his time at Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution, but in 2019, he unsuccessfully ran for the 114th state House District — with financial support from Lou Barletta’s LOU PAC. While Barletta’s federal PAC was mostly used to allegedly line his own pockets, spending the majority of its money on operating expenses and paying Barletta’s wife for rent, the PAC did manage to give money to a convicted criminal.

The GOP PA-Gov candidates — including Barletta — have a long history of associating with insurrectionists. Bill McSwain has repeatedly praised Northampton County Republican Committee Chairwoman Gloria Lee Snover, even as recently as last week. Snover not only attended the insurrection, but also defended it. Lou Barletta has bragged that it’s “an honor and a privilege” to have the support of Rose Tennent — a controversial conservative commentator who was present at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and has since defended the attack. Doug Mastriano has long championed the Big Lie and election conspiracy theories, and he built his “street cred” when he actually attended the Jan. 6 insurrection and spent thousands of dollars in campaign funds on buses to transport Pennsylvanians to the Capitol that day.

“Lou Barletta’s LOU PAC has already drawn scrutiny for allegedly using Pennsylvanians’ contributions to funnel money to himself and his wife, but of the few politicians he did support, one is now a convicted criminal serving time for his role in the insurrection,” said Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesperson Marisa Nahem. “Lou Barletta isn’t alone — his support for convicted insurrectionist Frank Scavo is just one of many ties the far-right candidates for Governor have with conspiracy theorists, insurrectionists, and dangerous extremists.”