|Attorney General of Pennsylvania|
|January 15, 2013-present|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Linda L. Kelly (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
|Deputy District Attorney for Lackawanna County|
|Bachelor's||University of Scranton|
|J.D.||Temple University School of Law|
|Place of birth||Scranton, Pennsylvania|
A major focus of her 2012 campaign revolved around former Attorney General Tom Corbett's three-year long investigation into Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky. Criticized for taking so much time to arrest and charge Sandusky, Corbett's handling of the matter appeared to hurt Republicans, something Kane capitalized on. After being in office for less than a month Kane appointed a special prosecutor to investigate Sandusky.
A January 2013 article in Governing named Kane as one of the top state Democratic officials to watch in 2013.
Kane was born and raised in Scranton, PA, where she attended public grade-school and received her bachelor's degree. After graduating from the University of Scranton, Kane moved to Philadelphia to earn her J.D. at Temple University School of Law. She remained in Philadelphia to launch her legal career at the firm of Post & Schell, P.C., getting her feet wet in the field of civil litigation before returning home to take the position as Assistant District Attorney in the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office. It was in this role that Kane established her specialties in the courtroom, prosecuting over 3,000 cases related to child sexual assault, elder abuse, and public corruption.
In a move that won her the crucial endorsement of former President Bill Clinton years later, Kane left her post at the District Attorney's office in 2007 to coordinate Hillary Rodham Clinton's Presidential primary campaign efforts in Northeast Pennsylvania. Although Clinton lost the 2008 Democratic nomination to President Obama, she carried Pennsylvania in the primary.
Kane made her first run for statewide office in 2012 as a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Pennsylvania. During the race, she adopted the mantra "A prosecutor, not a politician," to highlight the difference between herself, a career prosecutor in Pennsylvania, and her primary opponent, Patrick Murphy; at the time, Murphy had not tried cases in the state and Kane suggested his close ties to Washington foreshadowed ambitions - in the tradition of Keystone attorneys general - to use the position as a springboard toward higher office.
- Bachelor's degree, University of Scranton
- J.D., Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Attorney General (2013-present)
Kane was elected Pennsylvania's first Democratic, female attorney general on November 6, 2012. She officially succeeded Linda Kelly (R) on January 15, 2013.
Protecting Financial Aid for Students and Taxpayers Act
On March 11, 2013, Kane, together with twleve other state attorneys general, sent a letter to Congress in support of the Protecting Financial Aid for Students and Taxpayers Act, a bill which would ban for-profit colleges from using federal funds for marketing and recruiting techniques. Sponsored by Senators Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) and Tom Harkin (D-IA), who chairs the chamber's Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, the law aims to “ensure that scarce federal education dollars will be used to serve and educate students rather than to finance advertising campaigns, recruitment operations, and aggressive marketing.”  Consumer protection is one of the key duties assigned to the attorney general in each state.
According to the law's text, student enrollment at for-profit degree-issuing institutions such as the University of Phoenix more than doubled between 1998-2008, during which time the federal government--through student financial assistance programs--provided 86% of revenues to 15 reviewed publicly traded companies operating these for-profit colleges. A separate analysis of 15 such companies concluded that, on average, 28% of all expenditures were on advertising, marketing, and recruiting. Critics, including the attorneys general responsible for the letter advocating the bill's passage, contend that these expenditures are used to deceive consumers about program costs, graduation rates, or their employment potential beyond graduation. The bill seeks to restrict spending of this nature by higher education institutions or other postsecondary educational institution by prohibiting use of federal loans or grants in specific areas, and requiring that all such institutions whose revenues can be traced to federal educational assistance funds "report annually to the Secretary and to Congress the institution's expenditures on advertising, marketing, and recruiting."
In the letter, the attorneys general urged, “Federal taxpayers should not be asked to foot the bill for aggressive recruiting and deceptive sales tactics of colleges that have placed profits ahead of ensuring student success.” There are an estimated 3,000 for-profit schools nationwide, though neither the letter nor the bill cited the name of a specific institution.
Florida Gun Loophole
The Attorney General of Pennsylvania was authorized by the General Assembly in 1995 to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states. In her administration's "first official step" toward improving state gun safety law, Kane announced on February 8, 2013 that a loophole within its Pennsylvania's concealed-carry reciprocity agreement with Florida had been closed. Commonly referred to as the "Florida Gun Loophole," a Pennsylvanian who was denied a concealed-carry permit or had his or her in-state permit revoked was allowed to obtain an equally valid license from Florida since the agreement was first established in 2001. Kane closed the loophole by negotiating with Florida officials on a new version of the agreement under which Pennsylvania residents holding Florida-issued permits are required to apply for a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearm (LCTF). The modified agreement retains "all the same rights and recognition" of aptly licensed Florida residents, however, to carry a firearm in Pennsylvania on the condition they can produce immediate verification of their Florida residency.
As of February 2013, Pennsylvania holds agreements with 28 states. This includes Florida, where beyond the updated agreement's implementation, Pennsylvania-issued concealed-carry permits continue to be honored.
In the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, public officials across the United States were forced to answer for their states' gun safety policies and reiterate their stances on gun-rights; Some leaders used the platform to rebuke their gun control policies as insufficient, while others' sounded of their excess.
One month prior to the shooting, Kane won election as attorney general on a series of campaign promises which included buckling down on enforcement of Pennsylvania's public safety laws. Before she was sworn into office, she collaborated with sitting attorneys general such as New York's Eric Schneiderman and California's Kamala D. Harris on a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urging them to oppose two bills - The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act and The Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act - that would make states recognize concealed carry permits issued by any other states. "These bills would create a lowest common denominator approach to public safety that would endanger police and make it more difficult to prosecute gun traffickers," the letter warned. According to Kane, a former Lackawanna prosecutor, closing the "Florida Gun Loophole" - which nullified Florida-issued gun permits for Pennsylvania residents, requiring them to apply for Pennsylvania-issued permits - "shows that it is possible to swiftly implement common sense gun safety measures that protect our streets."
At a conference of the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors in May 2013, Kane said she opposed legalizing marijuana because it leads to harder drug use. “When you don’t get your high from marijuana you’re going to turn to something else. It’s going to be oxycodone and then it’s going to be heroin. It doesn’t stop just at marijuana. I oppose it for criminal justice reasons,” she stated.
Kane ran successfully on the 2012 Democratic ticket for attorney general of Pennsylvania. She defeated Patrick J. Murphy in the Democratic primary election on April 24, 2012 and two challengers - David Freed (R) and Marakay Rogers (L) - in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Attorney General of Pennsylvania General Election, 2012|
|Election Results via Pennsylvania Department of State.|
|Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Election Results Via: Pennsylvania Department of State (accessed April 25, 2012)|
- Photo ID Bill
Kane stood firmly on her party's line on the subject of Pennsylvania's pending legislation requiring voters to present photo identification in order for their votes to be counted. She agreed with fellow candidates Murphy and Bailey that the bill, versions of which had already been ratified in fifteen states, violates the constitutional rights of against elderly, minority and poor voters- those most unlikely to possess the necessary forms of identification. Devised as an impediment to voter fraud, Kane called the bill "a solution in search of a problem." Along with her Democratic cohorts, she pledged her support of others' efforts to challenge the law's constitutionality in the courts; If elected, however, she said she would enforce the law indiscriminately of her personal feelings.
- Easing restrictions on wiretapping
Both Kane and her opponent David Freed (R) criticized the state's laws on wiretapping, which dictate the admission requirements of incriminating recordings as evidence in the courtroom. Currently, audio or video proof of criminal activity is legally immaterial if captured without the advance knowledge and permission of the parties being recorded. The growing prevalence of smart phones and other easy-recording technologies have resulted in a corresponding increase in incriminating recordings. Freed and Kane agree that the laws are out of date and support a bill to overhaul the laws after 14 years of stagnancy. Kane registered her support of the pending House bill which will, "among other things, allow conversations to be recorded anywhere "so long as a notice about the possibility of being recorded is posted." She said that she wants to see updated laws regulating audio recordings, and noted "that video recordings are ubiquitous nowadays." 
- Political corruption cases
Kane said she would use the attorney general's office to cultivate partnerships with district attorneys and the U.S. Attorney General to ensure against jurisdictional constraints and conflicts of interest in the investigation and prosecution of corrupt public officials. “Political corruption cases are no place for a prosecutorial ‘turf-war’ to be waged,” Kane said in response to a questionnaire distributed by The Legal Intelligencer in April.
- Amending law on prosecuting sex predators
Having served as prosecutor on hundreds of sexual abuse cases, Kane is passionate about victims' rights and proper legal handling of sexual predators. She called upon the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Governor Corbett to amend the state law which includes a statute of limitations against prosecuting sexual predators. Already a central issue of her campaign, Kane spoke out against the current law, calling it arbitrary. "I believe law enforcement must be provided the legal means to arrest and prosecute sexual offenders, regardless if the crime occurred a week ago or decades ago," she said in December, 2011.
- Ultrasound Bill
Although the mandatory ultrasound proposal was stalled in the House during election season, the issue was food for debate for the 2012 attorney general candidates in the race. Democratic candidate Patrick Murphy made the bill a focus of his campaign, calling it “blatantly unconstitutional,” and prompted both Kane and Republican candidate David Freed, to engage in the discussion. Kane took umbridge with the implication Murphy made during a campaign event about his primary opponent not being militant enough in the fight against the bill. She said “I don’t understand why Democrats, two Democrats who, by his own words, who oppose this bill are even arguing about it; We both oppose the bill; We both agree that it is unconstitutional. Neither one of us will enforce it.”  Speaking to a crowd of women at a campaign event in Philadelphia on April 14, Kane referred to the proposal as "little more than an illegal search and seizure” that would give drug dealers greater rights than women.
- Healthcare reform
Responding to a questionnaire issued by The Legal Intelligencer in April 2012, Kane pledged, if elected, to withdraw Pennsylvania from the multistate lawsuit brought by state attorneys general against the Affordable Care Act the moment she took office. "Health care in this country is broken. Our Constitution affords a criminal the right to an attorney but doesn't afford a sick child a doctor. That is unconscionable."
For a relative newcomer Kane made a quite splash, snagging a high-profile endorsement from former President Bill Clinton in March of 2012 before the primary election. A Kane campaign press release featured Clinton's words of support for the attorney general candidate: "She is a great Democrat who understands that an Attorney General’s job is to stand up for consumers and people...I’m proud to endorse my friend Kathleen Kane and I hope she’ll become the first woman ever elected Attorney General by the people of Pennsylvania.” Clinton went on to stump for Kane at campaign events leading up to the April 24 primary, which she won.
- Bill Clinton
- The Philadelphia Inquirer
- Patrick Murphy officially endorsed his former primary election opponent on May 15, acknowledging the competitive nature of the contest which led him to that point. He called the race "a family fight" and urged Democrats to rally behind Kane in the general election.
Republican PAC attack ad
In late September 2012, the Republican State Leadership Committee in Washington, D.C., the PAC backing Freed (R) paid $558,700 to air a television advertisement on select Philadelphia stations containing what turned out to be false attacks on Kane. The RSLC ad cited an example of a plea bargain that had been made in a rape case during Kane's stint at the Lackawanna District Attorney's office, inaccurately portraying her involvement in the deal to make her look "soft" on rape. Soon after its release, the content of the ad was refuted by the father of one of the two rape victims whose cases were mentioned. “I’d like to ask the people who made this outrageous advertisement if they would like their daughter’s tragic story all over television...if they can't convince people to vote for [Freed] without lying, he should not even be running,” the father wrote in a letter first published in the Philadelphia Daily News. Documentation provided by the DA's office confirmed the father's claim that Kane's involvement in the case was purely administrative and ended after the preliminary filing stage, leading the PAC to pull the ad and publicly acknowledge the error. The RSLC removed any reference to the rape case and promptly re-released the edited version, but continued airing the original ad on their website, angering the campaign more. “Freed needs to tell his people to take their ad down immediately and take their special interest money and their dirty tricks and get out of Pennsylvania. The people of Pennsylvania deserve better,” said a campaign spokesman. After significant prodding by Kane's campaign, Freed's campaign manager commented on the controversy, saying, "It’s our sincere hope that our opponent, as well as any outside groups that are supporting our campaign or our opponent’s campaign, conduct themselves in an honest and ethical manner.”
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- Pennsylvania's attorney general opposes pot legalization - The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com
- Attorney General Kathleen Kane responds to grand jury judge's nudge on Penn ... - Patriot-News
- A Conversation with Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane - 90.5 WESA
- Pennsylvania's attorney general: No penalties, but reforms for Hershey Trust - PennLive.com
- Kane still cold on Pa. lottery deal - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
- Game agency reports 2nd eagle shot this month - Daily Local News
- State AG settles cent. Pa. mobile home park suit - The Trentonian
- Report: Pa. AG against special master in third mandatory retirement suit - Legal News Line
- OP-ED: Corbett should know better than to cut AG funding - York Dispatch
- Attorney General Kane settles with mobile home park owners - RealEstateRama (press release)
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- ↑ Philadelphia Inquirer, "Election Results 2012," accessed November 7, 2012
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Kathleen Kane for Attorney General of Pennsylvania, "About Kathleen", accessed February 13, 2012
- ↑ Philly.com, "Kane becomes 1st woman - and 1st Democrat - to become Pa. attorney general," November 8, 2012
- ↑ The Morning Call, "How Kathleen Kane did it," November 7, 2012
- ↑ The Morning Call, "Kathleen Kane sworn in as Pennsylvania attorney general," January 15. 2013
- ↑ Onward State, "Kathleen Kane Names Special Prosecutor to Investigate Sandusky Case," February 4, 2013
- ↑ Governing, "State Democratic Officials to Watch in 2013," January 25, 2013
- ↑ Essential Public Radio, "Attorney General candidate profile: Kathleen Kane," April 18, 2012
- ↑ Pittsburgh Tribune Review, "Democratic AG hopefuls Kane, Murphy tout experience," April 16, 2012
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 The Library of Congress, "Bill Text 113th Congress (2013-2014) S.528.IS," March 12, 2013
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- ↑ The Boston Globe, "Attorney generals to Congress: Don’t let for-profit colleges use federal grants and loans for advertising," March 17, 2013
- ↑ Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, "Letter to Congress," March 11, 2013
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Pennsylvania Attorney General, "Firearm Reciprocity Agreements," accessed February 12, 2013
- ↑ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Pa. attorney general closes 'Florida loophole' on concealed-gun permits," February 8, 2013
- ↑ Pennsylvania Attorney General, "Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane Implements Gun Safety Reform: Closes Gun Loophole with Florida," February 8, 2013
- ↑ WGME 13, "Gov. Malloy's Newtown panel meets for 1st time," January 24, 2013
- ↑ National Rifle Association Institute of Legislative Action, "AG Opposition Letter," December 3, 2013
- ↑ USA Today, "Where each state stands on gun-control legislation," January 14, 2013
- ↑ Lehigh Valley Live, "Pennsylvania's attorney general opposes pot legalization," May 17, 2013
- ↑ Philadelphia Inquirer, "Election Results 2012," accessed November 7, 2012
- ↑ National State Conference of Legislatures "Voter Identification," March 12, 2012
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 Associated Press, "Pa. photo ID bill divides candidates for state attorney general along party lines," March 11, 2012
- ↑ San Francisco Chronicle, "In AG race, GOP's Freed favors video as evidence," July 27, 2012
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 Times Online, "Kane says independence makes her better AG choice," July 27, 2012
- ↑ The Legal Intelligencer, "Kathleen Kane Responds to The Legal's Questionnaire," April 17, 2012
- ↑ Press release:Kathleen Kane, "AG candidate end statute of limitations on changes against sexual predators", December 22, 2011
- ↑ WITF.org, "Mandatory ultrasound bill still animates AG race," April 12, 2012
- ↑ Capital Ideas with John L Micek, "The Sunday Brunch: Meet the democrats for attorney general," April 15, 2012
- ↑ The Legal Intelligencer, "Kathleen Kane Responds to The Legal's Questionnaire," April 17, 2012
- ↑ Keystone Politics "Bill Clinton endorses Kathleen Kane for AG," March 26, 2012
- ↑ The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Experience tilts scale for Kane," April 14, 2012
- ↑ Cumberland Link, "Murphy backs Kane for PA attorney general," May 15, 2012
- ↑ 34.0 34.1 Philadelphia Daily News, "Rape victim's dad called GOP group's ad about Kane a lie," September 21, 2012
- ↑ PoliticsPA, "Father of rape victim rebukes anti-Kane group," September 21, 2012
- ↑ 36.0 36.1 PoliticsPA, "3 Days Later, GOP Anti-Kane Ad Still Around (Watch Video)," September 24, 2012
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