Campaign 2010

May 07, 2010

Burns Rakes in Over $80,000 from Privatization Advocates in 4 Weeks

Millionaire Republican Tim Burns is once again showing his true colors when it comes to his support for privatizing Social Security. The latest example comes from the millionaire’s FEC report which shows him raking in all kinds of cash from privatization advocates.  Over the course of four weeks, Burns has lined his campaign coffers with $80,900 from privatization advocates, a number that accounts for over 15% of all his contributions.

The report comes as Burns continues to campaign with a countless number of privatization advocates who want to gamble Social Security benefits on Wall Street.  In recent days Burns has also repeatedly declared that “all options are on the table” when it comes to Social Security privatization. 

"Tim Burns and his supporters are pushing a risky scheme that gambles Social Security benefits that seniors have earned on Wall Street," said Shripal Shah, Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "The millionaire Republican can’t hide from the facts.  The agenda that Burns and his supporters are pushing would be devastating for Seniors who rely on Social Security benefits and is flat out wrong for Western Pennsylvania."



Burns raised $80,900 from privatization advocates over four weeks; 15% of all of his contributions come from privatization advocates. [FEC Report, 5/7/10]


When asked about Social Security last week, Burns said “we need to have all options on the table.” That includes the risky Republican scheme that would gamble on Wall Street the Social Security benefits that Seniors have earned. [WJAC/Tribune-Democrat forum, 4/28/10]


Burns repeated this call in an interview with the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat. [Tribune-Democrat, 5/6/10]


George Pataki campaigned for Tim Burns. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5/5/10]


Pataki is a privatization advocate. [Buffalo News, 2/3/05]


Republican millionaire Tim Burns has Congressman Mike Pence coming to campaign for him in Johnstown on May 10th.  [Burns Campaign Announcement, 5/4/10]


Pence is a privatization advocate. In May 2001, Rep. Mike Pence co-signed a letter to the President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security urging for privatization. The letter read, “Social Security reform must offer younger workers the opportunity to improve their rates of return using personal retirement accounts.” [Rep. Jim DeMint Letter to The Social Security Reform Commission, 5/24/01]


In 2002, Pence spoke on the House floor in favor of privatizing Social Security. [Congressional Record, 3/6/02]


In 2002, Pence said that for Social Security he favored "what is called privatization, but which I prefer to call individual savings accounts." [Palladium-Item, 4/3/02]


Tim Burns was endorsed by the House Conservative Fund. In order to receive their endorsement and receive their contribution, Burns had to sign on to support their agenda. [House Conservative Fund Press Release, 4/21/10]


In order to be considered for a contribution from the House Conservatives Fund, candidates must fill out a questionnaire and support values consistent with those espoused by the conservative Republican Study Committee. [CQ-Roll Call, 3/10/10]


Republican Study Committee Supports Social Security Privatization. The Republican Study Committee supports the privatization of Social Security and has been praised by right-wing political groups for their pro-privatization stance. [Freedom Works Release, 3/1/06]


Republican Study Committee Supports Medicare Privatization. The Republican Study Committee favors an approach similar to Rep. Paul Ryan’s controversial plan to privatize Medicare by replacing it with private vouchers. [New York Observer, 2/6/10]


Former Speaker Newt Gingrich campaigned for Republican Tim Burns. [Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 4/20/10]


            Gingrich is a privatization advocate. [Fox News Sunday, 1/10/05]


FreedomWorks endorsed Burns’ candidacy. [, 4/21/10]


Congressional candidates are required to fill out a questionnaire that supports privatization of Social Security. FreedomWorks requires candidates who they support to fill out a questionnaire that supports privatization of Social Security. [FreedomWorks Congressional Questionnaire]


According to the FreedomWorks website, privatizing Social Security is one of their biggest priorities. [Freedom Works website, accessed 4/21/10]


Burns campaigned with Congressman Bill Shuster.  Just over two weeks ago Burns did events with Congressman Bill Shuster. [Daily American, 4/2/10]


Shuster has long been a vocal supporter for the risky Republican plan to privatize Social Security. [Patriot News, 3/06/05; Associated Press, 4/28/01; Associated Press, 4/20/01; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5/08/01; USA Today, 5/15/01; Dallas Morning News, 5/7/01]