Senate Candidate Dan Laughlin Signs 'No Perks Pledge', Challenges Incumbent Sean Wiley To Do Likewise
ERIE, Pa. – State Senate candidate Dan Laughlin has signed a first‐ever, “no perks pledge,”
promising to forego a taxpayer‐leased automobile, no‐receipt “per diem” expense accounts,
lavish state pension, and other benefits incumbent Sean Wiley has used to pad his $85,000‐ayear
“Erie has been hurting economically, and yet it seems as if career‐politicians still find a way to
get ahead at the expense of ordinary people,” Laughlin said. “I’m offering a clear choice here: a
political outsider who won’t try to milk the system versus an incumbent who has drawn
thousands of dollars in extra income by taking advantage of a broken system.”
Laughlin especially cited Wiley’s taxpayer‐financed leased vehicle.
“Your boss doesn’t buy you a car and then pay you to drive it to work, so why should you do
this for an elected official?” Laughlin asked during a press conference outside a local car wash.
Laughlin chose the car wash location for his press conference because, among the tens of
thousands of dollars in various expenses Wiley has rung up during four years in the state
senate, the incumbent also billed taxpayers $48 to wash his $680‐a‐month leased Jeep.
Laughlin keyed on Wiley’s use of daily “per diem” expenses, which allowed Wiley to bill
taxpayers $159‐per‐day without providing receipts when the Senate was in session. Wiley has
temporarily suspended the practice during the election season in an apparent effort to deflect
attention from his spending.
Laughlin’s pledge, which he signed in public today, hits four main points:
1. Laughlin pledged to drive his own car to and from Harrisburg, and not saddle taxpayers
in the 49th District with a monthly lease.
2. He has promised to forego submitting mileage for his travel to Harrisburg, noting that
the current rate of 50‐cents per mile would cost taxpayers $150 each way. Instead,
Laughlin said he’ll bill only for the cost of the gasoline he uses on that drive.
3. Laughlin will turn down the no‐receipt “per diem” expense accounts, billing only for
actual expenses incurred. “And you won’t find me running up a $832.50 bill at the
Harrisburg Hilton,” he added.
4. And with a $60 billion unfunded liability in the state pension system, Laughlin says he’ll
reject the lavish, fixed‐benefit pension plan that career politicians such as Wiley
“Public service is supposed to mean just that,” Laughlin said. “Too many elected officials lose
their way once they get to Harrisburg. The surest way to prevent that is to make the conscious
decision, upfront, to not cut corners when it comes to ethics. That’s what the No Perks Pledge is
Laughlin also challenged Wiley to join him in the “No Perks Pledge” by giving up his taxpayerfinanced
automobile, rejecting his state pension, and reimbursing taxpayers the $28,817 in per
diem fees he drew over and above his senate salary during his current term.