A spokesman says Corbett may remove himself from the legislative corruption probe, due to the fact he’ll be working with lawmakers as Governor-elect. The Attorney General’s office has filed charges against House Democrats and Republicans, and is now believed to be investigating the Senate Republican caucus. The main purpose of the event was to announce the transition team. The list is mostly made up of longtime Republican insiders and members of Corbett’s gubernatorial campaign, including Brian Nutt (campaign manager, not transition Chief of Staff), Kevin Harley (campaign and transition spokesman), Christine Toretti (CEO of S.W. Jack Drilling Company), and Jack Barbour (CEO, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney law firm.) This year’s state budget appropriates $154,000 for the effort, but Corbett said many members will work pro-bono. “I’m not so sure there’s going to be salaries to the transition team,” he said. “I mean, I was chairman of the ’94 transition team, when it came to criminal justice issues. And I don’t remember getting one paycheck for that.” Spokesman Kevin Harley clarifies some transition members will be receiving pay. Corbett also tapped Republican insider Bob Asher and Laura Ellsworth of Pittsburgh as Inauguration co-chairs. They’ll raise money from corporations and individuals for the January 18th event, and surrounding festivities.
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