Watchdog group slams Corbett over Hershey golf club deal

Inquirer business reporter Bob Fernandez broke the story last week of the Hershey Trust's questionable purchase of a struggling golf course as a "buffer zone" for the Milton Hershey School. Today a group advocating for the disadvantaged children who attend the Milton Hershey School accused Attorney General Tom Corbett of not responding until the Inquirer story ran.  Here's the latest from the Associated Press:

A watchdog group is accusing state Attorney General Tom Corbett of stalling a state investigation to protect political allies involved in the purchase of a golf course by the trust that oversees the Milton Hershey School for disadvantaged children.

Corbett, whose office oversees charitable trusts, launched a noncriminal investigation last week.

At a Capitol news conference Tuesday, the nonprofit group Protect the Hersheys' Children said Corbett's office ignored concerns it had raised since the 2006 purchase by the Hershey Trust.

Corbett acted after The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the price was inflated and the sale profited local investors in the money-losing golf course.

Corbett is the Republican nominee for governor. His campaign spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.


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