Government group pushes for strong pay-to-play law in PA

Written by Megan Lello and the Associated Press | Apr 13, 2013 9:04 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A government watchdog group is weighing in on the alleged "pay to play" scheme involving the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. 

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Craig Holman of Public Citizen in Washington, DC says government contracts are a leading source of corruption at the state and local level. 

The scandal involving the Commission has led to six arrests, including charges against three former turnpike commission officials. 

Holman says Pennsylvania's taxpayers and politicians could benefit from a strong pay-to-play law to ensure contracts are awarded on merit and office holders know there is a bright line they shouldn't cross. 

He says New Jersey, Connecticut, and Illinois have the most effective laws on the books after scandals there motivated lawmakers.

Right now, there's no clamor in the state Legislature to ban or limit campaign contributions from the business people seeking state contracts.


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