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Pa. Game Commission won’t renew controversial contract with lobbying firm run by former top lawmaker

Several Republican state senators expressed concerns about using public funds to pay for the services of private lobbyists.
By 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

Former top Pa. lawmaker’s lobbying firm paid $41K by Game Commission in unusual arrangement

Good-government advocates and some Pennsylvania lawmakers have questioned whether taxpayers benefit when their money is used in this way, and other states have banned or restricted the practice.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

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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

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