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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Top Pa. Republican’s campaign sues journalists over public records costs

by Mike Wereschagin of The Caucus and Ed Mahon of Spotlight PA
Posted: September 16, 2020- 5:30 AM

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HARRISBURG — The campaign committee of the state Senate’s top Republican is suing a publication of LNP Media Group and two journalists who uncovered questionable spending by the lawmaker and other politicians.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati’s campaign filed the suit on Aug. 10 in magisterial district court in his home county of Jefferson, seeking $6,070 from The Caucus, Caucus Bureau Chief Brad Bumsted, and Spotlight PA reporter Angela Couloumbis.

Scarnati’s campaign alleges the trio owes $5,070 for work an accounting firm conducted to produce public records the journalists requested during an investigation into his and other lawmakers' campaign spending. The campaign also wants $1,000 for attorneys' fees and court costs. Read more....

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

Hiding something there Joe? This is a chicken's way of discouraging attempts by watchdogs to keep a check on what politicians do. The law on this is explicit. It's designed to keep the public informed. This ain't Russia Joe. And maybe get a new accounting firm. Records aren't that difficult to produce in this modern era of technology. If you have a competent staff not trying to stonewall they should be able to handle it. As far as legal fees: hold a fundraiser with the legal community or pay it out of your office expense account. This is so transparent you should be embarrassed.

Anonymous said...

Typical Republican....Sue sue sueeeee

Anonymous said...

Will you charge me for copies of your communications before you slipped in a $900,000 pissing away of taxpayer money into a bill to pay for the Galeton goose poop, fish killing and insect breeding pond?

Anonymous said...

Lol !! Lol !! Lol !

Anonymous said...

Typical crooked GOP gameplay. Learned it from their Cheeto messiah.

Anonymous said...

Superbowl Joe !!!! No we didn`t forget about that one either...