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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

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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

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.’s lobbying law got tougher in 2018. But it still falls short in exposing influence.

Pennsylvania lobbyists and lobbying groups do not have to report the bills or lawmakers they’re targeting or the positions they’re advocating for.
By Daniel Simmons-Ritchie/Spotlight PA

Government watchdog group apologizes for violating Pa. lobbying law

The executive director of Common Cause Pennsylvania said the group would not fight the $19,900 penalty imposed by the state Ethics Commission.
By Daniel Simmons-Ritchie/Spotlight PA
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