Federal judge strikes down Pa. ban on casino investor campaign finance donations

Federal judge strikes down Pa. ban on casino investor campaign finance donations

A federal district judge Wednesday struck down a 2006 Pennsylvania law meant to prevent casino owners and investors from donating money to political campaigns.

In her ruling, Middle District Judge Sylvia Rambo ruled that the law, which was clarified and reimplemented after a successful state court challenge in 2009, violated individuals’ First Amendment rights.

Thursday, September 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Dermody reintroduces Dem bills as Metcalfe doubles down on majority authority

Dermody reintroduces Dem bills as Metcalfe doubles down on majority authority

Responding to a social media outburst from Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) has reintroduced nearly 90 bills from this session — hoping they get sent anywhere besides Metcalfe’s State Government Committee.

The list includes a number of so-called good government reforms, such as a gift ban, campaign finance reform and redistricting, as well as a bill to ban LGBTQ discrimination in private employment.

Monday, May 7, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Philadelphia tries again on campaign finance reforms

Philadelphia tries again on campaign finance reforms

At a recent monthly meeting, the Philadelphia Board of Ethics endorsed legislation that would bring a raft of critical changes to the city’s campaign finance laws and limits.

Most notably, the bill would shift the city away from annual campaign finance limits and to a system of limits based on four-year election cycles – while increasing the maximum allowable contribution during that period to $5,000 for individuals and $20,000 for businesses and other organizations.
Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Ryan Briggs
Categories: Philadelphia
Pittsburgh and Allegheny County officials call for ethics reforms

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County officials call for ethics reforms

In the wake of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed “Citizens First” ethics plan, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has proposed similar reforms to be enacted at a county level for candidates and officials.  Controller Wagner’s suggested reforms, similar to Gov. Wolf’s, focus on ethics, transparency, and campaign finance. 
 
Measures would include a gift ban to county officials and staff, placing limits on campaign contributions and making the records publicly accessible, and requiring county officials to disclose outside sources of income.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
At limit of executive authority, Wolf pushes for legislative action on government ethics

At limit of executive authority, Wolf pushes for legislative action on government ethics

At a press conference in downtown Pittsburgh Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf introduced a new package of reforms, including a gift ban on all elected officials and campaign finance reform. 

Wolf, citing his own ban on executive branch employee gifts, outlined the plan as a path to restoring public faith in Harrisburg. 

“The truth is our citizens don’t trust our government,” Wolf said. 

Monday, March 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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