Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Broad Pa. laws allow dubious use of campaign cash


Paul S. Ryan, deputy executive director of the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center, said Pennsylvania's laws are weak because they're so broad.

“It seems there is little guidance. It certainly leaves a lot of room for interpretation,” Ryan said...

Ryan said state laws should mirror federal campaign finance rules, which outline specific prohibited uses such as country club memberships, sports tickets and other entertainment-related expenses.

When asked about Regola paying cellphone bills and Ravenstahl using his funds for country club fees, Ryan said, “the federal election laws would interpret that as off limits. I don't think any of those should be permissible under state law.”

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