Expecting ‘extraordinary action’ this session, gift ban advocates hope for legislative action

BY: and - February 19, 2023

“As public officials, we have a duty to serve our constituents and maintain their trust. We must hold ourselves to a higher standard.”

Shapiro’s Super Bowl trip was paid for by public-private nonprofit Team PA Foundation

BY: - February 14, 2023

[This article was updated at 10:57 a.m., Wednesday, 2/15/23 to include comment from Team PA president and CEO Abby Smith.] Gov. Josh Shapiro and First Lady Lori Shapiro’s trip to Arizona to cheer for the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl was at no expense to taxpayers, Shapiro’s office said.  Press Secretary Manuel Bonder said […]

Shapiro announces three-part ethics package — including a more relaxed gift ban

BY: - January 20, 2023

In a change from the Wolf administration, the executive order allows some exceptions, such as awards, T-shirts, occasional meals or beverages, pens, notepads, or mugs.

Gift ban does not see House vote, but advocates say ‘there’s still time’

BY: - September 12, 2022

After six years of advocacy efforts, the group was cautiously optimistic that legislation prohibiting lawmakers from accepting fits from lobbyists and special interest groups would go “farther than ever before” in the Republican-controlled Legislature on Monday.

Advocates optimistic gift ban will advance farther ‘than ever before’ as Pa. House returns

BY: - September 9, 2022

And as MarchOnHarrisburg begins a 33-mile, 3-day march from York to Harrisburg on Friday, their first since May 2019, Pollack is optimistic that a proposed gift ban will go farther in the Legislature than ever before when the House of Representatives returns to session on Monday, he told the Capital-Star.


Pa. lawmakers must stand with their constituents to approve a gift ban | Capital-Star Letters

BY: - September 2, 2022

Make your voices heard on Sept. 12 when the Pa. House returns for its fall session.

Gift ban advocates look to circumvent GOP leadership, pressure lawmakers

BY: - May 27, 2022

Previous efforts to tighten Pennsylvania’s gift laws have died in the General Assembly, but lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed a desire for a more comprehensive ban over the last year.


Confessions of a participation trophy liberal – and what it tells you about Pa. politics | Opinion

BY: - April 6, 2022

Compromise and bipartisanship is out the window in the Pa. General Assembly. We need a better dialogue.

Survey: Most 2022 governor candidates back gift ban for Pa. pols

BY: - March 21, 2022

Reformers March on Harrisburg surveyed 16 candidates for the top spot, 10 said they'd back a ban.


March on Harrisburg crashed a speech. It was a civics class in real time | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 1, 2022

Yes, the people who crashed Majority Leader's Kerry Benninghoff's speech were noisy. That's the point.

Gift ban advocates call Benninghoff the latest holdup; House GOP says it’s a ‘work in progress’

BY: - December 26, 2021

Santa and his helpers, organizers with March on Harrisburg, weren’t asking or figgy pudding; they were asking the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass a gift ban.

A GOP holdout says he’d support a gift ban if elected governor. Advocates ask why not now?

BY: - November 21, 2021

Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, is the only Republican in legislative leadership who has not vocalized support for the gift ban.