John Andrew Crompton
|Education||Dickinson College, Widener University School of Law|
John Andrew "Drew" Crompton is chief of staff and counsel for Pennsylvania Senate Pro-Tempore Joe Scarnati. He served as deputy campaign manager for policy for Lynn Swann's 2006 campaign for Governor of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he was chief counsel for Scarnati's predecessor as Pennsylvania Senate Pro-Tempore, Robert Jubelirer. His most memorable quote stands as, "We can only play with those that want to play with us."
The Pennsylvania Report named him to the 2003 "The Pennsylvania Report Power 75" list of influential figures in Pennsylvania politics and noted that Crompton and his colleague Donna Malpezzi were the best attorneys in the Pennsylvania State Capitol." In 2002, he was named to the PoliticsPA list of "Rising Stars" in Pennsylvania politics.
Role in the 2005 pay raise controversy
On November 21, 2005, Crompton wrote an internal senate memo suggesting that pay raise activists, including Russ Diamond, Tim Potts and Chris Lilik, were required to register as lobbyists with the Pennsylvania Senate.
"They appeared at numerous press conferences, directly communicated with individual members and staff of the Senate, spoken at rallies in Harrisburg and across the state, set up web sites, spoken on many radio and television talk shows, purchased billboards, as well as other activities. [None of them] have registered with the Senate under Senate Resolution 2. They have been clearly engaging in 'direct or indirect communications' in an attempt to secure the repeal of Act 44 (the pay raise). The $2,500 threshold for reporting in any quarter includes all expenses associated with direct or indirect communications as well as salaries, benefits, cost of office space, and other related expenditures." 
In June 2006, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review called the memo (which Crompton sent to members of the media) part of "an orchestrated plan of attempted intimidation that, to this day, we believe is worthy of a Justice Department investigation."
In addition, Drew is the 2004 Champion of the Henderson NCAA Tournament.
Role in Pennsylvania bonus controversy
In 2006, Crompton took 3 months of unpaid leave from his position with Robert Jubelirer to work on the Swann campaign. Upon his return to the senate, he received a $19,467 bonus above his salary of $101,523. Critics, including Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, called the bonus inappropriate. "He should get a bonus from the Swann campaign maybe," Rendell said. "That's the only place he should have gotten a bonus."
- Pennsylvania State Senate
- Robert Jubelirer
- Joe Scarnati
- 2005 Pennsylvania General Assembly pay raise controversy
- 2006 Pennsylvania General Assembly bonus controversy
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