Big Spending, Little Accountability

Here are the 20 Pennsylvania state legislators with the highest totals of obscured spending from their political campaign accounts from 2016 through 2018. State law allows politicians to bundle expenses and broadly describe them rather than itemize them in their public campaign-finance reports.

Campaign

Party, County

Obscured spending, 2016-18

1.

Friends of Joseph Scarnati

R, Jefferson

$245,937

2.

Friends of Chuck McIlhinney

R, Bucks

$198,934

3.

Friends of Mark Mustio

R, Allegheny

$156,695

4.

Friends of Dom Costa

D, Allegheny

$125,530

5.

Jay Costa Jr. for State Senate

D, Allegheny

$94,852

6.

Neilson for the Northeast

D, Philadelphia

$93,858

7.

Williams for Senate

D, Philadelphia

$92,567

8.

Friends of John Rafferty

R, Montgomery

$91,793

9.

Friends of Mike Turzai

R, Allegheny

$77,916

10.

Corman for Senate Comm.

R, Centre

$73,769

11.

Killion Victory Committee

R, Delaware

$72,636

12.

John Galloway for State Rep.

D, Bucks

$65,664

13.

People for Robert Matzie

D, Beaver

$64,156

14.

Friends of Mike Driscoll

D, Philadelphia

$59,719

15.

DiSanto for Senate

R, Perry

$52,232

16.

Friends of Rich Alloway

R, Franklin

$44,967

17.

Perry Warren for State Rep.

D, Bucks

$44,206

18.

Volunteers for David Argall

R, Schuylkill

$37,701

19.

Friends of Mike Carroll

D, Lackawanna/

Luzerne

$34,414

20.

Friends of Jamie Santora

R, Delaware

$34,410

SOURCE: Analysis by The Caucus and Spotlight PA of campaign-finance records provided by the

campaigns listed

JOHN DUCHNESKIE / Staff Artist

Big Spending,

Little Accountability

Here are the 20 Pennsylvania state legislators with the highest totals of obscured spending from their political campaign accounts from 2016 through 2018. State law allows politicians to bundle expenses and broadly describe them rather than itemize them in their public campaign-finance reports.

Party,

County

Obscured

spending, 2016-18

Campaign

1.

Friends of

Joseph

Scarnati

R, Jefferson

$245,937

2.

Friends of

Chuck

McIlhinney

R, Bucks

$198,934

3.

Friends of

Mark Mustio

R, Allegheny

$156,695

4.

Friends of

Dom Costa

$125,530

D, Allegheny

5.

Jay Costa Jr.

for State

Senate

D, Allegheny

$94,852

6.

Neilson for

the Northeast

D, Philadelphia

$93,858

7.

Williams for

Senate

D, Philadelphia

$92,567

8.

Friends of

John Rafferty

$91,793

R, Montgomery

9.

Friends of

Mike Turzai

$77,916

R, Allegheny

10.

Corman for

Senate

Committee

R, Centre

$73,769

11.

Killion

Victory

Committee

$72,636

R, Delaware

12.

John Galloway

for State Rep.

D, Bucks

$65,664

13.

People for

Robert Matzie

D, Beaver

$64,156

14.

Friends of

Mike Driscoll

$59,719

D, Philadephia

15.

DiSanto for

Senate

$52,232

R, Perry

16.

Friends of

Rich Alloway

$44,967

R, Franklin

17.

Perry Warren

for State Rep.

$44,206

D, Bucks

18.

Volunteers for

David Argall

$37,701

R, Schuylkill

19.

Friends of

Mike Carroll

D, Lackawanna/

Luzerne

$34,414

20.

Friends of

Jamie Santora

$34,410

R, Delaware

SOURCE: Analysis by The Caucus and Spotlight PA of

campaign-finance records provided by the campaigns listed

JOHN DUCHNESKIE / Staff Artist