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Resource ID: #28921
Subject: Hidden Campaign Spending
Source: Angela Couloumbis, Brad Bumsted, Mike Wereschagin, Sam Janesch, Alyssa Biederman and Paula Knudsen
Affiliation: Spotlight PA, The Caucus
Date: October 22, 2019; October 23, 2019; October 24, 2019;



In “Big Spending, Little Accountability,” this collaborative team of reporters revealed how Pennsylvania state lawmakers have for years taken advantage of notoriously weak campaign finance laws to hide millions of dollars in questionable and sometimes lavish campaign spending from the public. The year-long investigation found lawmakers, who have long resisted efforts to tighten the rules surrounding campaign finance, used credit cards, gift cards and self-reimbursement to mask the true purpose and recipient of their spending on public reports.

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