BLOG: It’s Time to Ban Gifts from Special Interests

By: Megan Healey, Deputy Press Secretary

April 14, 2016

Did you know? Pennsylvania is one of only ten states with no specific law limiting gifts to public officials, who are free to take any gift—including cash—so long as the gift is disclosed.

In the very first day he was sworn into office, Governor Wolf led on addressing this issue by instituting a gift ban for his entire administration.

Certain boards and commissions – including the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the Turnpike Commission – have also implemented gift bans, but more action is needed to ensure that government works for the people of Pennsylvania, and not special interests.

Special interests still wield too much power and influence in Harrisburg, which is one of the reasons why it has been, and continues to be, broken. We still have much work to do to take on the special interests and status quo — and a gift ban is good step to curtail the influence of special interests.

For a better government that works, it’s time to ban public officials from taking gifts from special interests.

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