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Big Money Out Report Shows Gas Industry Contributions to PA Officials Remain Steady

June 23, 2016

Harrisburg – A new study finds that the natural gas industry continues to spend exorbitant amounts of money to influence Pennsylvania politicians – even in “off-year” election cycles. In 2015, the oil and gas industry spent over $8 million on lobbying. The total lobbying money spent by the industry since 2007 has been $55.9 million.

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Organization Representing 40 Local Governments in Pennsylvania Demands Redistricting Reform

May 26, 2016

Capital Region Council of Governments (CapCOG) – a council of governments that represents 40 Boroughs, Cities and Townships surrounding Harrisburg – passed a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to end partisan gerrymandering. The CapCOG resolution follows in the footsteps of the Cumberland County, Pittsburgh City Council, and Swarthmore Borough Council resolutions, demanding an end to partisan gerrymandering by way of a constitutional amendment.

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Supreme Court Rejects Radical Re-Write of Constitution in Evenwel Redistricting Case

April 4, 2016

Today the U.S. Supreme Court voted 8-0 in Evenwel v. Abbott to allow states to continue to count total population when drawing state legislative districts after each census. The plaintiffs sought an unprecedented change to the U.S. Constitution forbidding states from using census counts of total population and requiring them to draw districts with equal numbers of eligible voters. Common Cause filed its own “friend of the court” brief in this case and organized a second brief signed by 19 counties and cities across the country.

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