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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

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Lamb campaign leads Western Pennsylvania congressional candidates in cash race

Democrat Conor Lamb has nearly $1 million on hand.
By Lucy Perkins/WESA

On her way out the door, Pittsburgh City Councilor sues mayor in new effort to void campaign finance rules

Less than a month before Darlene Harris is set to step down from her role, she has filed a lawsuit against the city’s Ethics Hearing Board and Mayor Bill Peduto – the latest maneuver in her years-long defiance of the city’s campaign-finance rules.

By Chris Potter/WESA

Citing Spotlight PA/Caucus probe, top lawmaker pushes limits on campaign donations, stricter disclosure rules

Sen. Jay Costa is pushing sweeping campaign finance reforms that would set limits on political contributions, increase transparency and ban candidates from using campaign cash for personal benefit -- issues at the heart of a yearlong investigation published this week by The Caucus and Spotlight PA.
By Sam Janesch/The Caucus and Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

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

She’s paid by taxpayers. So why is top Pa. Senate aide wining and dining on campaign credit card?

Shelly Brown is one of two taxpayer-funded staffers under Senate leader Joe Scarnati who have access to a credit card issued by the top Republican’s political operation, even though neither of them has an official role with the campaign.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Alyssa Biederman/The Philadelphia Inquirer

Pa. lawmakers abruptly abandon attempt to limit public access to campaign expenses

The proposed change to reduce oversight of their spending came just hours after an investigation revealed millions of dollars in hidden campaign expenses.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA