Should lobbyists report every dollar spent on state lawmakers? One prominent lobbying firm thinks so

Should lobbyists report every dollar spent on state lawmakers? One prominent lobbying firm thinks so

As the newly-formed House Government Oversight Committee reviews a 2018 lobbying disclosure law, one of Harrisburg’s top lobbying firms is seeking even more stringent reporting requirements for government affairs professionals.

The recommendation comes from Greenlee Partners, a prominent State Street lobbying firm that is urging policymakers to consider a policy that would track all lobbying expenses from the moment they begin, not just when they reach a certain threshold.
Monday, October 21, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Davis makes ethics reform a priority in 2019

Davis makes ethics reform a priority in 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the first bill of this session into law last month, strengthening penalties for public officials convicted of job-related felonies. Under the new law, lawmakers convicted of felonies related to their position will be stripped of their taxpayer-funded pension, a provision that members from both sides of the aisle believe was long overdue. 

Rep. Tina Davis (D-Bucks) wants to take the new law a step further with a series of bills designed to reform ethics in Harrisburg. At the crux of her efforts is a bill that would ban public officials from receiving gifts, with the goal of preventing veiled forms of bribery in state government.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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From lawmaker to lobbyist: the how and why

In what is seen by many as a natural career transition from the legislature to the lobbying field (also known as government relations), former lawmakers can be seen throughout the Capitol on session days working lines of access with former colleagues and new acquaintances.

How do these former elected officials get to where they are now? Why do they do it?

Under Pennsylvania’s Ethics Act, former legislators are precluded from lobbying the General Assembly for a period of one year following their end of service.

The Act states, “No former public official/public employee may represent a person, with promised or actual compensation, before the governmental body with which he has been associated for one year after he leaves that body.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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