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Bureau chief of The Caucus, veteran state government reporter and the author of two books on political corruption in Pennsylvania.

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The 10 most extravagant or bizarre campaign expenses by Pa. state lawmakers

Campaign accounts must be used for “influencing the outcome of an election.” But what qualifies is largely open to interpretation.
By Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus

Mystery trip to Europe with ‘donors’ by Pa. state senators followed expansion of wine law

The senators gave differing explanations for the purpose of the trip and declined to disclose who joined them or exactly where they went.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus

How an investigation uncovered nearly $3.5M in dark spending by Pa. lawmakers

Pennsylvania lawmakers, operating under some of the weakest campaign finance laws in the country, obscured nearly $3.5 million in campaign spending from 2016 through 2018.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Brad Bumsted/The Caucus

Lavish dinners, sports tickets, and nearly $3.5 million other expenses by Pa. lawmakers you’ve never seen

A year-long investigation by The Caucus and Spotlight PA uncovered other purchases, too: foreign trips, limos, fine wines and liquor, country club memberships, and even a DNA test kit.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Michael Wereschagin/The Caucus, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus, Paula Knudsen/The Caucus, Sam Janesch/The Caucus and Alyssa Biederman/The Caucus