Between now and October 1st, the state legislature will debate a new tax on natural gas extraction. But because of a loophole in the state's campaign finance laws, legislators will likely cast their votes before disclosing recent donations. That means the gas industry and environmental groups can flood Harrisburg with contributions without anyone knowing where the money is going.
That's why “It's Our Money” and Common Cause have teamed up to create a place where lawmakers can report contributions in real time.
State legislators will be able to accept donations from the natural gas industry in the days leading up to a pivotal vote on taxing gas-extraction - and won't have to report the contributions until after the vote.
It's Our Money: This fall, there's an 18-day period when lawmakers will be able to accept cash from the gas industry and not have to report it until after they vote on a proposed gas-extraction tax. Where is the accountability?
Want to get involved? You can check out the link below to the Common Cause report on contributions to the gas industry. You can also find information on how to contact your elected officials and encourage them to participate in the disclosure project.