Ethical missteps don’t deter former liquor control board officials

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Government watchdogs say former Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board officials remain part of a revolving-door culture in which sanctions of state officials aren’t roadblocks for them in the private sector working in the alcohol industry.

Logs obtained by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) through open records requests indicate that former LCB officials and vendors who provided the gifts visited LCB offices more than 120 times from January through mid-September.

In one case, Matt Schwenk was cited by the Ethics Commission for taking gifts of golf outings and trips from vendors as an LCB official. But he now works as a spirits sales representative and has visited LCB officials six times.

Critics say the one year waiting period for those who leave government employment before they conduct business with former colleagues doesn’t go far enough.

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