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1st District Connection

Senator FarneseDear Constituent,

It has been a busy week in the First Senatorial District, so I’d like to bring you up to speed on a few issues.  First, my last District Connection incorrectly noted the date of the Governor’s budget address. The address will take place today, Tuesday, February 7 at 11:30 a.m. I apologize for any inconvenience that may have caused, please read on for more information on important issues here in Philadelphia and around the Commonwealth.  Thank you for your continued support and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any further information.

Sen. Larry Farnese 


Policy Committee Discusses Campaign Finance Reform in Philadelphia

hearingAt my request, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a public hearing in Philadelphia last week to discuss ways to make campaign financing more fair and equitable. A wide range of experts from across Pennsylvania provided testimony at the hearing, many cautioning about the political influence that large donations carry.

January was the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, which opened the funding floodgates and allowed unlimited corporate spending and election influence across the nation.  We, as elected officials, must ensure that we do not allow the draw of significant dollars to diminish the public’s trust in government. 

Pennsylvania can do more to limit contributions and restore trust in our government, which is why I have co-sponsored Senate Bill 1260. This legislation would impose campaign contribution limits on all political party committees, individuals, political action committees (PAC) and candidate’s political committees. 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Reverses Decision on Planned Parenthood

I released a statement last week about Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and was pleased to see the organization reversed their decision.  Susan G. Komen for the Cure raises billions of dollars for research, care and advocacy and their decision to deny countless women access to life saving breast cancer screenings was ridiculous.  I hope their leadership never forgets that Planned Parenthood is their ally, not an enemy, in the fight to defeat breast cancer.

CCRA Chili and Golden Meatball Challenges

Chili ChallengeThe Center City Residents' Association (CCRA) will hold their annual CCRA Chili and Golden Meatball Challenges on Sunday, February 12 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event, sponsored by Di Bruno Bros. and Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse, will take place at the First Unitarian Church on 2125 Chestnut Street.

Admission for CCRA members costs $10 in advance or $15 at the door; admission for non-members is $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Portside Arts CenterSave the Arts and Music Benefit Show

The Save the Arts and Music benefit show will take place on Sunday, February 19, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Finnigan’s Wake.

This great, charitable event will feature live music from talented local bands and will benefit the Portside Arts Center and its scholarship fund.  Portside is the only community arts and music center of its kind in the river wards and is unfortunately struggling to continue to provide artistic enrichment for the community.  For more information visit

Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese