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Lawyers, guns and money

By Emily Previti/PA Post

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

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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

Mystery trip to Europe with ‘donors’ by Pa. state senators followed expansion of wine law

The senators gave differing explanations for the purpose of the trip and declined to disclose who joined them or exactly where they went.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus

Pa. lawmakers push for less oversight hours after investigation reveals millions in hidden campaign spending

Lawmakers quietly tucked a new provision into a bill that would reduce oversight and make it harder for the public to see how they spend their campaign cash.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Sam Janesch/The Caucus