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A bipartisan bill seeks to crack down on Harrisburg’s ‘revolving door’ of lobbyists

Lawmakers and public officials can start lobbying their ex-colleagues within a year. A new bill would add another year to that ban.

By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA

Inside Spotlight PA’s fight to unseal lobbyist communications with the legislature

The PA legislature says its communications with lobbyists should be secret. Spotlight PA is making a case that the state’s right-to-know law says otherwise.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Pa. lawmakers ask for investigations after gaming regulators met privately with casino lobbyists

Lobbyists for Parx Casino embarked on an intense, behind-the-scenes effort to get the Gaming Control Board to abandon its hands-off stance toward a major competitor.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

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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

Pennsylvania state senator introduced gambling bill written by casino lobbyists, emails show

Draft bills and late-night emails reveal cozy ties between Pennsylvania state lawmaker and casino lobbyists

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

One ritzy fundraiser shows how tough selling lobbying reform in Pa. will be

A campaign event for Jake Corman, the top Republican in the state Senate, is being organized by a company that has cornered the market on a political practice he wants to end.

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

Senate GOP leaders tap well-connected Pa. political operative to lead campaign arm

The move further solidifies the influence of lobbyist Ray Zaborney, who, with his wife, runs a trio of companies that help elect public officials, then lobby them once in office.

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

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

Millions of paycheck protection dollars went to Pennsylvania lobbyists

Data newly released this month by the U.S. Treasury and Small Business Administration shows that in Pennsylvania, more than 26,000 small businesses and organizations have received $150,000 or more since April.

By Katie Meyer/WHYY