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Group that doesn’t disclose its donors paid $12K for Shapiro to attend Phillies games, other sporting events

The secrecy leaves taxpayers in the dark about who underwrites the outings and what interests they may have in state government policy.
By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA and Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Josh Shapiro accepted $1,650 in ‘event tickets’ from powerful Pa. lobbyist

The tickets were reported as an in-kind contribution by Gov. Josh Shapiro’s campaign committee, rather than a gift.
By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro admin contends Super Bowl tickets didn’t violate gift ban

The ban, enacted by Gov. Josh Shapiro, prevents him from taking pricey tickets from people or groups with “financial relations” with Pennsylvania.
By Kate Huangpu/Spotlight PA and Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA

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Updated: 2022-11-02 13:40:00

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra paid $15,000 to take 2 Pa. lawmakers to Europe

The Republican lawmakers’ European excursion is the type of job perk that a gift ban would make impossible for elected officials and others in government, but the legislature has failed to pass one.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

‘Stop taking bribes,’ protesters urge Pennsylvania lawmakers

Demonstrators from MarchOnHarrisburg unfurled banners on the Capitol steps on Wednesday and chanted “pass the gift ban, stop taking bribes.” MarchOnHarrisburg demonstrators have been arrested several times in the past during protests in lawmakers’ offices and the House chamber.

By The Associated Press

State lawmakers report receiving fewer gifts during pandemic as push for ban continues

The few gifts of note came largely before the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in Pennsylvania in early March.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

After years of pressure from advocates, state House advances gift ban.

Under current law, lawmakers can accept whatever gifts they want, no matter the cost. For the first time in recent memory, the House may be poised to change that.
By Katie Meyer/WITF