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gIFT bAN Template
Letter to the Editor: Pennsylvania Can Do Better
Did you know Pennsylvania is one of only eight states with no limitations on what kinds of gifts lobbyists can give our legislators?
Background on the Gift Ban:
That’s right, our representatives can enjoy all-expense paid vacations or tickets to fancy sports events, all paid for by corporate lobbyists. State lawmakers recently disclosed their 2018 ethics forms, revealing they reported accepted more than $83,000 in free trips and other goodies. Most gifts go unreported because they are under the reporting limit - $250 for items and $650 for trips. This kind of legalized bribery silences the voice of everyday Pennsylvanians.
Make It Personal:
[Why are do you care? Corruption affects every issue that we all care about! Explain yours briefly and connect to corruption.]
Fortunatly, there is a bill that would end this culture of corruption. HB 1291: Gift Ban for Public Officials would put commonsense limitations on what on what legislators can accept. This legislation is not a total gift ban. Legislators could still accept items of nominal value that are unlikely to sway their vote. However, expensive gifts that are likely to sway a legislator’s vote would be made illegal. Visit giftban.org for more information.
Sincerely, Your name, City MarchOnHarrisburg Volunteer
A few weeks ago, I set out with a group of fellow activists on a 110-mile march from Philadelphia to Harrisburg to raise awareness on legalized bribery in the Capitol. Pennsylvania is one of only eight states that does not have any gift limitations for public officials which creates a system of legalized bribery. According to the State Integrity Investigation conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity, PA is the fifth most corrupt state in the country, receiving failing grades for criteria including political financing, electoral oversight, and legislative accountability. This corruption inspired me to set out with MarchOnHarrisburg, a nonpartisan grassroots organization, and spread the word! When we finally arrived in Harrisburg on May 6th, we used an act of nonviolent civil disobedience to force politicians to look us in eye and acknowledge corruption head-on. You may think that I’m wasting my time, but immediately after our actions Speaker Turzai, one of the state’s most powerful leaders, signed on as a co-sponsor to HB 1291:Gift Ban. While this development gives us tremendous hope that we are closer to ending the culture of corruption, the fight is far from over. Please call your representative to demand the passage of HB 1291. Learn more at Giftban.org.