Governor Corbett and his wife accepted $11,000 in gifts over two-year span

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 5, 2013 2:14 PM

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(Philadelphia) -- Tickets to professional sporting events, a vacation on a businessman's yacht and private jet travel are among the gifts that a newspaper says Governor Corbett and his wife Susan accepted over a two-year period.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports the Corbetts disclosed gifts worth more than $11,000 from lobbyists and business executives in 2010, while Corbett was campaigning for governor, and in 2011, his first year in office.

One example, first reported by StateImpact Pennsylvania in December, showed Governor Corbett took a vacation to Rhode Island in July 2011 that was paid for by a Northumberland County businessman.

Corbett spokeswoman Kelli Roberts says he complied with state disclosure requirements and bases his official decisions on what's best for the state.

Critics tell the paper Corbett may have violated a rule barring governors from soliciting or accepting gifts from anyone doing business with the state government, but that it contains a loophole allowing gifts from friends.

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party has filed a formal complaint with the state Ethics Commission over thousands of dollars of gifts Governor Corbett and his wife received,

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