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Midstate lawmaker asked to donate for jailed former legislators

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 4, 2012 9:55 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A midstate lawmaker says he's unnerved by requests that he pitch in for holiday donations for former lawmakers now in jail.

Republican Representative Stephen Bloom of Cumberland County posted a Tweet that said the solicitations were made by unspecified "colleagues."

He says it was a personal appeal to send money to a prisoner's inmate account but he isn't commenting further.

The lengthy investigation into the misuse of public money and government employees for campaign purposes has sent to jail several high-profile former members of the state House.

Currently behind bars are Republicans John Perzel and Brett Feese, as well as Democrats Bill DeWeese, Mike Veon and Steve Stetler.

Bloom was recently elected to a second term. He's among the Legislature's most prolific posters on Twitter.

Update -- 12/4/12 at 2:45 p.m.:

(Harrisburg) -- A Cumberland County lawmaker says he's unnerved by requests that he pitch in for holiday donations for former lawmakers now in jail.

Republican Repsentative Stephen Bloom has posted a Tweet that said the solicitations were made by unspecified ``colleagues.''

Representative Garth Everett says he's raising money for a holiday present for a former high-ranking House Republican serving prison time for public corruption.

He says he emailed fellow House Republicans because the case has ``wreaked havoc'' on the finances of Brett Feese, his predecessor in a Lycoming County district.

Feese was convicted a year ago of all 40 counts against him.

His case involved using public money to hire out-of-state consultants and having legislative workers develop computer software to aid campaign efforts.

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