With more than a decade of experience in politics, Ray Zaborney has played a key role in advising some of Pennsylvania’s leading political figures. For his work, he has been recognized nationally as one of the country’s leading political consultants. As the founding partner of Maverick Strategies (formerly State Street Strategies), Zaborney serves as a government relations and public affairs strategist for organizations with interests in front of state government.
In 2009 Ray worked to save the Pennsylvania Film Tax Credits, a tax credit that helped to create over $524 million of economic investment in Pennsylvania and create over 10,000 jobs right here in the Commonwealth. Despite being zeroed out in SB 850, Zaborney worked with a bipartisan group of legislators and industry leaders to save the credit.
Zaborney also helped spearhead the effort, along with 2 other prominent Harrisburg lobbying groups, to put into place Pennsylvania’s first biodiesel producer credit on behalf of the Pennsylvania Biodiesel Producer Group. Zaborney worked with a bipartisan group of legislators and interest groups across the political spectrum, including PENNFUTURE and the PA Farm Bureau, to help pass $0.75 per gallon credit directly to the producers. At the time of the law’s passage, it was the most generous tax credit directly to producers in the entire country.
Over the past several years, Ray has been successful in the realm of government affairs and public relations on behalf of his past and present clients, including Pennsylvania Biofuels, Voyager Group, The Pennsylvania Turnpike, the Commonwealth Liquor Consortium, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
Ray has served as a political advisor to some of Pennsylvania’s leading political organizations including The Pennsylvania Republican Party, The Senate Republican Campaign Committee, The House Republican Campaign Committee, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, Judge Sallie Mundy, Attorney General and Governor Tom Corbett, Lynn Swann, and numerous House and Senate members.
Ray is often sought after as a spokesperson for candidates and as a political analyist. Ray has contributed to stories that have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, The Pittsburgh Tribune Review, The Harrisburg Patriot, The Erie Times, The Scranton Times, The Wilkes Barre Times Leader, The Allentown Morning Call, The Pittsburgh City Paper, Stateline, Roll Call, CQ Politics, PoliticsPA, ESPN The Magazine, and Sports Illustrated.
In addition to his many print contributions, Zaborney has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs throughout the Commonwealth to discuss political campaigns and the political environment both in Pennsylvania and our nation.
Ray lives and works with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughters, Grace and Emma, in New Cumberland.