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Reform-minded activists deliver cash ‘bribes’ in state Capitol

By at May 28, 2014 | 3:03 pm | 0 Comment

Reform-minded activists deliver cash ‘bribes’ in state Capitol

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent For about a decade, activists for government reform have tried unsuccessfully to persuade Pennsylvania lawmakers and two governors to ban gifts. On Tuesday, they started speaking in cash, though none of the sort distributed by the Federal Reserve. Instead, the Bank of Gene Stilp, Eric Epstein and Dennis Baylor spent […]

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The Road Not Taken: A Summary of Attempts to Ban Gifts from 2006-2014

By at May 27, 2014 | 8:00 am | 0 Comment

The Road Not Taken: A Summary of Attempts to Ban Gifts from 2006-2014

Comments by Eric Epstein Image Concepts by Gene Stilp May 27, 2014   The plot is always the same and the ending is never a surprise. Political scandal followed by public outrage. Politicians pander, meander and do nothing. The sad reality is that the public has been conditioned to accept the outrageous behavior by Pennsylvania […]

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Legislature Fails to Meet to Discuss $140 Million Slush Fund

By at May 14, 2014 | 10:11 am | 0 Comment

Legislature Fails to Meet to Discuss $140 Million Slush Fund

Five months behind schedule, the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission (“LAAC”) has yet to release the Audit of the General Assembly’s spending for fiscal year 2012-2013. Every year the legislature – through a no-bid contract – hires an accounting company to examine their spending record. The “Report to the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission” is typically released […]

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Mark Cohen’s Excellent Adventure

By at May 6, 2014 | 4:10 pm | 0 Comment

Mark Cohen’s Excellent Adventure

Rep. Mark Cohen has served in the House of Representatives since 1974. Voters in the 202, please take a moment to read this biography prepared by Rock the Capital before you cast a vote. Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia): Mr. Cohen was elected in 1978. He served as the Majority Caucus Chairman from 1990-1992, Majority Whip […]

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PA Treasurer Rob McCord: expensive hotel stays, billed to the state

By at May 2, 2014 | 1:00 pm | 0 Comment

PA Treasurer Rob McCord: expensive hotel stays, billed to the state

Since the Omni William Penn Hotel opened in 1916, the Pittsburgh landmark has served as a resting spot for movie stars, dignitaries and several presidents, including John F. Kennedy. It even has the distinction of hosting President Dwight D. Eisenhower and former President Harry S. Truman on the same day in 1956. Those days were […]

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Mark Schwartz: Request for House Investigation

By at April 2, 2014 | 4:37 pm | 0 Comment

Mark Schwartz: Request for House Investigation

MARK D. SCHWARTZ Attorney at Law Post Office Box 330 Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010-0030 www.markschwartzesq.com Telephone & Fax: 610 525-5534   Via Fax to 717 787-6564 Honorable Samuel H. Smith, Speaker Pennsylvania House of Representatives 139 Main Capitol Building Harrisburg, PA 17120-2066 Re: Request for House Investigation Dear Speaker Smith: I write you as a […]

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Will the Real Joe Pitts Please Stand Up

By at February 10, 2014 | 9:30 am | 0 Comment

Will the Real Joe Pitts Please Stand Up

Dear Editor: On January 14, 2014, The Patriot News ran an op-ed from Congressman Joe Pitts (R-Pennsylvania) who lauded Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) both for responding well to allegations relating to Bridge-Gate and for criticizing the rollout of Obamacare. It is premature to exonerate Governor Christie based on a single press conference. And it is obvious that the Obama administration botched […]

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Pennsylvania Delegation to the United States Congress

By at January 20, 2014 | 10:47 am | 0 Comment

Pennsylvania Delegation to the United States Congress

Member Party Average Net Worth Mike Kelly Rep $14,063,570 Keith Rothfus Rep $7,187,527 Allyson Schwartz Dem $3,044,525 Pat Toomey Rep $2,977,025 Lou Barletta Rep $2,083,544 Robert Brady Dem $1,640,503 Bud Shuster Rep $1,136,513 Matt Cartwright Dem $1,105,518 Joseph Pitts Rep $896,004 Scott Perry Rep $891,009 Tim Murphy Rep $712,524 Robert Casey Dem $544,508 Mike Doyle […]

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Tom Corbett’s Cash and Carry Harrisburg Bailout

By at September 10, 2013 | 6:18 pm | 0 Comment

Tom Corbett’s Cash and Carry Harrisburg Bailout

The lobbying firm at the center of former Harrisburg PA Receiver David Unkovic’s call for a criminal investigation of Harrisburg’s debt problems gave the political committees of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett more than $55,000 over the last decade, state records show. The contributions from Greenlee Partners to Tom Corbett’s attorney general and gubernatorial committees are […]

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Compendium: 2001 Legislative Pension Increase Scorecard

By at July 30, 2013 | 12:37 pm | 0 Comment

Compendium: 2001 Legislative Pension Increase Scorecard

House figures: Total members (with years of service data):  223 Total years of service: 4043 Average years of service ALL: 18.1 Average years of service YES: 18.9 Average years of service Excused: 12 Average years of service NO: 12 House Monthly Annuity Totals (information available for 118 recipients): $395,447 House Monthly Annuity Average per Recipient: […]

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