Politicians will still have too much control over the ethics commissioners, the groups say, as part of a state budget deal negotiated behind closed doors.
Lobbyists will continue to be allowed to give Pennsylvania lawmakers unlimited gifts until the legislature takes up gift ban legislation that has stalled for years.
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Many of the companies that grabbed headlines by suspending their PAC donations after the assault on the Capitol Building are members of industry groups that oppose ethics and campaign finance reforms.
The city's innovative "democracy voucher" program, adopted to diversify campaign donors and candidates, made continued strides in representativeness of Seattle residents.