Fact Sheet

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Rock the Capital is a good-government watchdog group formed after the Pennsylvania legislative, judicial and executive branches conspired to enact a pay raise in violation of the state constitution.

RTC tracked legislators who took the pay raise, refused to pay the money back, and profited from a “pension bounce.”

Accomplishments

• Advocated for eliminating annual Cost of Living increases, cash donations, and legislative “slush funds.”

• Assisted local communities statewide in exposing corruption, and navigating the Right to Know Process.

• Cut legislative “slush funds” in half from 20o5-2019.

• Demanded accountability from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court which resulted in the defeat of one justice and removal and resignation of two supremes.

• Documented abuse, corruption, extravagant gifts , and wasteful spending at the Liquor Control Board, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

• Sought to reform the Legislative Reapportionment Committee.

• Supported pension forfeiture legislation. • Repealed the illegal Pay Raise of 2005.

• Supported a Constitutional Convention, Resign to Run legislation, and redistricting reform.

• Tracked annual COLAs, per diems, and pension pay outs for legislators.

• Uncovered Executive Branch appointees working as “ghost employees”, in order to enhance their pensions thorough the “footprint rule”

• Publications include: “Roadmap to Reform,” “ The Pay Raise: 2005-2014,: “The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission: Unsafe At Any Speed”, “The Road Not Taken: A Summary of Attempts to Ban Gifts from 2006-2014”, Twelve Step Program to Reform the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.”

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Eric J. Epstein is RocktheCapital‘s coordinator and a community advocate for good government for over 25 years. Mr. Epstein is also Chairman of the Three Mile Island Alert, Inc., a safe-energy organization founded in 1977; President of EFMR Monitoring Group, Inc., a non-profit economic development corporation established in 1977, and Chairman of the Stray Winds Area Neighbors (SWAN), a smart growth association organized in 2005. Mr. Epstein was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Humanities at PSU-Harrisburg (1992-1999) and co-authored the Dictionary of the Holocaust, which was released by Greenwood Press (1997) - Email Eric Epstein

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