Watchdog groups allege campaign finance violations against ALEC in Pa., 14 other states

BY: - July 29, 2021

The groups, The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), Common Cause, and Alliance for a Better Utah announced this week that it had filed or was planning to file campaign finance complaints in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for allegedly giving GOP lawmakers access to voter management campaign software, which the groups argue helped more than 2,000 lawmakers and ALEC members rake in more than $6 million during the 2020 election cycle. 

Pa. GOP gubernatorial hopeful McSwain using pre-checked box for extra donations

BY: - June 8, 2021

Donate to Bill McSwain’s state-level political action committee once, and if you’re not careful, you could end up donating to him for months to come.

Pa.s’ top two Republicans announce plans for lobbying reform, but is it enough?

BY: - May 17, 2021

A new package of bills could tighten the guidelines for Pennsylvania lobbyists. Though it’s a step toward reform, advocates say they need more details. In a statement released Monday, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, and House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, unveiled plans to draft legislation and build on the state’s existing Lobbyist Disclosure […]

Auditioning for LG, Sims raises $285k in first six weeks of statewide campaign

BY: - April 16, 2021

State Rep. Brian Sims has already raised $285,000 in six weeks since announcing his 2022 run for lieutenant governor, according to fundraising numbers shared with the Capital-Star by a campaign spokesperson.


Who is Jeffrey Yass? And why is he such a big problem for Pennsylvania? | Opinion

BY: - January 27, 2021

Pennsylvania has become a playground for Yass, a conservative activist and moneyman, and his untold billions.

Scranton Joe? Biden gets heat for inaugural celebration with union-busting law firm

BY: - January 20, 2021

The firm, based in Philadelphia, has employed both U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District, and former Gov. Ed Rendell.

Businesses cut off cash to D.C. after lawmakers challenged election results. Could Harrisburg be next?

BY: - January 14, 2021

As U.S. Rep. Scott Perry prepared to cast a vote rejecting Pennsylvania’s certified election results last week, he justified his decision by pointing to a letter he received from 21 state senators.

Pa.’s Reschenthaler among pro-Trump lawmakers who could lose support as companies flee the GOP

BY: - January 14, 2021

Since 2017, Reschenthaler has received $33,500 combined from political action committees related to Comcast, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and AT&T.

Eugene DePasquale files to run against Perry in 2022. But it’s not what you think

BY: - December 2, 2020

The functional purpose of filing paperwork to keep a campaign committee active is to be able to legally fundraise. And there are two reasons to fundraise: Because you need money to run or because you need money to pay off debt.

How state political parties helped big money pay for this year’s elections | Analysis

BY: - November 25, 2020

A States Newsroom analysis of federal data shows how nearly every state Republican and Democratic party helped pump more big money into this year’s elections.

Perry took campaign donation from Georgia Republican who backed QAnon, made Islamophobic remarks

BY: - October 30, 2020

On Oct. 28, Perry’s campaign accepted the donation from Stop Socialism, Save America, a political action committee associated with Marjorie Taylor Greene, according to federal campaign finance records.

Perry and DePasquale clash over Obamacare, QAnon at second debate

BY: - October 19, 2020

There was a good deal of deja vu Monday night as U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District, and his Democratic challenger Eugene DePasquale, Pennsylvania’s auditor general, stepped on the debate stage together for the second and final time. The debate, hosted by WGAL-TV in Lancaster, found the two pressed on such topics as systemic racism […]