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RST: Brad Bumsted's Keystone Corruption

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 13, 2013 1:21 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk, Monday, October, 14, 2013:

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One can only imagine that Brad Bumsted, the author of Keystone Corruption: A Pennsylvania Insider's View of a State Gone Wrong, had too much material to work with.  That's not to say the entire state government is corrupt, but what Bumsted's book points out in detail is that there certainly are more than enough examples of wrongdoing to write about.

And the longtime state house reporter, who currently covers the capitol for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review does a marvelous job of describing one scandal or arrest after another.

It's not just corruption from recent years that Bumsted documents in the book.  It goes back more than a hundred years ago when the current state capitol building was opened.  Taxpayers were overcharged more than $7 million for furnishings in the new building.  Five people, including the state's auditor general and treasurer, were convicted of illegal activities in the scandal.

Where Bumsted's book shines though is in the stories he covered and witnessed personally.  He provides insight from an observers point-of-view that most Pennsylvanians haven't seen up close.

Brad Bumsted will be a guest on Monday's Radio Smart Talk to tell those stories.

Keystone Corruption is witf’s October Pick of the Month. Pick-of-the-Month is supported by Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg. 

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  • Ken of East Berlin img 2013-11-08 19:11

    Former PA state representative Steven Nickol personally delivered all of Bill Keisling's books to me. I read them all. With reference to these writings, I must respectfully disagree with some of Mr. Bumstead's comments on the show, especially that Bud Dyer acted alone.
    Also, James West and Dick Thornburg had some dirt on their hands as well. I firmly believe that the corruption is SYSTEMIC CORRUPTION. Other references to help substiante this are--Fordham Law Review--Too Big to Debar and 7, 2013 Issue 40.
    Also, it might pay to research the federal lawsuit-Mihalic vs Preate which was filed shortly after McCormick vs Preate. James West copied the latter and used this as a template for Len Mihalic. This was done after he was out of office. This was wrong and should be treated as illegal. Nothing officially was done and nobody was ever held accountable. I have the lawsuit numbers and I hope I have the names
    spelled correctly in this posting. More to follow.

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