Report: Corbett met with campaign aides in office

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 5, 2014 11:51 AM

(Pittsburgh) -- Governor Corbett built his 2010 campaign on his prosecution of state legislators who illegally mixed politics with public service, but a Pittsburgh newspaper is raising questions about his own numerous meetings with campaign aides in the governor's office.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Corbett's official schedule shows campaign advisers regularly attended meetings with him and his state-paid aides since he took office in 2011.

Watchdog groups and lawyers who defended former legislators who were sent to prison for corruption while Corbett was the state attorney general say the practice creates at least the appearance of impropriety.

Corbett's official spokesman, Jay Pagni, says his boss wants input from all his advisers in shaping state policy and that the participation of campaign aides was "appropriate and legal."

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