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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: May 17, 2023 12:30 PM
From: Representative Abigail Salisbury
To: All House members
Subject: Prohibiting Lobbyists from Consulting on Campaigns
Pennsylvanians must have confidence that their elected officials put public interests above those of lobbyists. Unfortunately, however, it is not uncommon for lobbyists to run the campaigns of elected officials and thereafter appear to receive undue influence over the elected officials whom they helped to elect. Some of the worst offenders have made it into a highly lucrative cottage industry with campaign consulting and lobbying done side-by-side by the same people, creating the potential to exercise undue sway over the votes cast by those whom they helped elect. This practice breeds public mistrust and must be stopped. 
I am introducing legislation that will prohibit lobbyists from serving as campaign consultants and will prohibit campaign consultants from lobbying an elected official whom they helped elect for the term to which they were elected. The practice of powerful lobbyists gaining undue influence over elected officials by running or serving on their political campaigns must stop. Please join me in countering this threat to our representative democracy and keeping elected officials out of the pockets of monied special interest lobbyists.

Introduced as HB1223