ICYMI: Corbett Continues To Stand By His Ghost Employee Ron Tomalis

October 14, 2014 | By Mike Mikus, Senior Strategist

In response to Right to Know requests submitted by the Campaign for a Fresh Start, the Corbett Administration admitted that no contract exists between the commonwealth and former special advisor Ron Tomalis -- nor are there any standard employee records such as evaluations, performance reviews, progress reports, or any other documents that substantiate that Tomalis performed any work to earn his $140,000 taxpayer-funded salary.

Despite this revelation, Tom Corbett continues to stand by Ron Tomalis.

If Ron Tomalis was a real employee, how is it possible that the Corbett Administration cannot produce a single employment document? Despite months of cover-up, the facts now coming out cannot be denied -- Tom Corbett's Special Adviser Ron Tomalis was a ghost employee who did no work to earn his $140,000 salary. Tom Corbett cut $1 billion from public education, but he had no problem finding $140,000 to pay his friend to do no work. Tom Corbett needs to come clean and tell Pennsylvania taxpayers the truth about his ghost employee.

Take a look at what the papers are saying:

Tomalis work records still locked up, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "What exactly did Ron Tomalis do in his 15 months as an adviser to Gov. Tom Corbett? We may never know. The state Department of Education said on Monday personnel records that covered the time Mr. Tomalis spent as a special education adviser are exempt from the state's open records law. And that appears to be the final stop for the Right-To-Know request filed by the Campaign for a Fresh Start, a PAC supporting Mr. Corbett's Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, after the state's Office of Administration and the governor's office referred the request to the education department."

State can't produce work documents for Tomalis under open records law, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "The Corbett administration did not produce a contract or work record for former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis' 15 months as a special education adviser paid $139,000 a year, a Right to Know Law request found. The Department of Education and the Office of the Governor, both under Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, provided no progress reports, employee evaluations, performance reviews or performance improvement plans in response to the public information request by Campaign for a Fresh Start, a political committee formed by Corbett's opponent, Democrat Tom Wolf."

Open records request for Tomalis comes up empty, report, Patriot-News: "An open records request looking to show what former Corbett administration adviser Ron Tomalis did -- or didn't do -- to earn his $139k salary has come up empty, The Tribune-Review reports this morning. Neither the Department of Education nor the Office of the Governor, 'both under Republican Gov. Tom Corbett,' could provide 'progress reports, employee evaluations, performance reviews or performance improvement plans in response to the public information request by Campaign for a Fresh Start, a political committee formed by Corbett's opponent, Democrat Tom Wolf,' the newspaper reported. The Wolf-run PAC made the findings public in a news release on Monday, the newspaper reported."

Education adviser Tomalis had no employment contract, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Ron Tomalis, the former special adviser to the governor on higher education, had no employment contract with the state, and neither the Department of Education nor the governor's office acknowledges employing him, according to state documents. The Campaign for a Fresh Start, an offshoot of the election campaign for gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, filed Right-to-Know requests with the state Office of Administration, the Governor's Office and the Department of Education in August in an effort to obtain Mr. Tomalis' employee contract and other personnel records, such as performance evaluations and reviews, from Jan. 18, 2011, to Aug. 25, 2014."

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