Krueger-Braneky bill would limit lobbyist influence on campaigns

HARRISBURG, April 7 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, today announced plans to introduce a bill that will more clearly separate lobbying and campaign activities.

The proposed legislation would prohibit lobbyists or their principals in the state from operating as a campaign consultant, having a financial interest in a campaign-consulting firm, or receiving anything of value for campaign-related services rendered to a campaign for public office.

"Pennsylvanians deserve the comfort of being able to trust in the integrity of their government. Too often, however, activity in the lobbying and campaign sectors raise questions about who is actually being heard in the Capitol," Krueger-Braneky said. "The nine-month budget impasse demonstrated that Harrisburg is broken because of the influence that individuals, corporations and other special interests assert over the political process.

"Consider this: Many of the same special interests that contribute large amounts of money to influence an election also spend large amounts of money to retain lobbyists to influence the shape of public policy. It only seems fair and right that the public is able to measure and regulate the extent of this influence. My legislation aims to ensure that lobbyists who receive compensation from special interests to influence public policy are not also receiving compensation to influence the outcome of our elections," Krueger-Braneky said.

This bill is part of a larger package of reform measures by House Democrats to improve government transparency and effectiveness, and to restore confidence in the people elected to serve the public.