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New Book Is A Primer On PA Political Corruption

By Tony Romeo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new book just published chronicles more than 100 years of corruption in Pennsylvania politics.

Over the last few years, Pennsylvania has seen the corruption trials of numerous legislative leaders and a state Supreme Court justice, with charges pending in an alleged pay to play scheme at the Turnpike Commission.

As bad as all that sounds, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review capitol reporter Brad Bumsted says it’s actually been worse:

“There was a worse period in the 1970s during the Shapp administration. There were up to 70 officials charged with crimes during that period. And Richard Thornburgh, who became governor, was a prosecutor who prosecuted a lot of those people.”

There was even a scandal involving overcharges for furnishings in the construction of Pennsylvania’s current capitol building — a structure the author calls a “monument to graft.”

Bumsted chronicles it all in his new book “Keystone Corruption” available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

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