Source:Angela Couloumbis, Brad Bumsted, Mike Wereschagin, Sam Janesch
Affiliation:Spotlight PA, The Caucus
Date:March 15, 2021; May 12, 2021; June 22, 2021; October 12, 2021; October 13, 2021.
In The Hidden Tab, an ongoing series published throughout 2021, this collaborative team of reporters revealed in the greatest detail ever how taxpayers foot a massive annual bill to run one of the nation’s largest and most expensive full-time legislatures, yet are systematically blocked from many details about how and why that money is spent, and who benefits from it. In many cases, lawmakers are able to use this money to personally benefit, whether through per diem payments or access to private lawyers.