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Bureau chief of The Caucus, veteran state government reporter and the author of two books on political corruption in Pennsylvania.

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Dark money mystery: Top Pa. lawmaker helped raise cash for nonprofit whose agenda is largely a secret

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman’s campaign is run by the same man who launched the dark money group, but he said there is no coordination between the two organizations.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus

Prospects dimming for behind-the-scenes push to expand video gaming in Pa.

A clash of deep-pocketed lobbying interests and concerns from some rank-and-file Republican lawmakers might stall the effort, though it will probably return in the fall.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Brad Bumsted/The Caucus

Top Pa. GOP lawmaker fast-tracking a lucrative gambling expansion that would benefit a major campaign donor

The maneuvering offers a window into the raw intersection between politics and policy-making in Pennsylvania, and how campaign dollars can drive the legislative agenda.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus

Pa. senators threaten subpoena if Wolf administration refuses to turn over list of coronavirus business waivers

The administration has so far refused to release the information despite numerous requests from media organizations.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Brad Bumsted/The Caucus

Pa. legislature making few cuts, no promises to tap hefty reserves as state faces massive budget shortfall

As the state lays off thousands of employees and makes other cuts, Senate Republicans recently hired a politically connected budget consultant with a six-figure salary.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Brad Bumsted/The Caucus


Pa. House drops ‘legislative privilege,’ will release lawmaker spending details

The announcement came more than a week after The Caucus and Spotlight PA revealed House lawyers had blacked out spending details in thousands of pages of records
By Brad Bumsted/The Caucus, Sam Janesch/The Caucus and Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Pa. Senate officials scrub details from financial records, raising alarm among open records advocates

In documents turned over to The Caucus and Spotlight PA, Senate officials edited out spending information, making it appear as though it never existed
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus

Pa. lawmakers black out details of why they spent tax dollars, claiming ‘legislative privilege’

Redactions in thousands of pages of financial records primarily concealed who legislators were meeting with and why
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus

The 10 most extravagant or bizarre campaign expenses by Pa. state lawmakers

Campaign accounts must be used for “influencing the outcome of an election.” But what qualifies is largely open to interpretation.
By Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus
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