Latest Pa. scandal has some eyeing pay-to-play law

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By MARC LEVY
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Despite a spate of
corruption charges involving paying to play in Pennsylvania government,
there's no clamor in the Legislature to ban or limit campaign
contributions from the business people seeking state contracts.

Craig Holman of Public Citizen in Washington, D.C.,
says government contracts are a leading source of corruption at the
state and local level.

The most recent scandal involves the Pennsylvania
Turnpike Commission and has led to six arrests, including charges
against three former turnpike commission officials.

Holman says Pennsylvania's taxpayers and
politicians could benefit from a strong pay-to-play law to ensure
contracts are awarded on merit and office holders know there is a bright
line they shouldn't cross.

He says New Jersey, Connecticut and Illinois have the most effective laws on the books after scandals there motivated lawmakers.

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