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Pa. legislature gives little attention to campaign finance, lobbying reform

When it comes to money in politics, Pennsylvania has some of the laxest laws in the country, while its rules for lobbyists are looser than many other states.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

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Updated: 2022-02-01 18:23:00

Millions follow rich candidates in Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race

The wide-open race for the battleground-state seat is expected to be one of the nation’s premier Senate contests this year.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

See the reasons why Pennsylvania’s legislature paid millions to outside law firms in 2019 and 2020

Reporters sorted through thousands of heavily redacted documents to reveal how the legislature spends your tax dollars on private lawyers.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Sam Janesch/The Caucus

Pa. lawmakers hand out millions in public contracts to law firms that fill their campaign coffers

The mutually beneficial system, which is entirely legal, enriches the campaigns of Pa. lawmakers, who in turn hire firms for all types of legal matters — and all paid for by taxpayers.

By Sam Janesch/The Caucus and Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Sen. Doug Mastriano campaign spent thousands on buses ahead of D.C. insurrection

A review of the state senator’s campaign finance records shows that his committee paid $3,354 to Wolf’s Bus Lines in three installments for “bus reservations” about six days before Trump’s “Save America” rally.

By Katie Meyer/WHYY, Ryan Briggs/WHYY and Miles Bryan/Keystone Crossroads