Tom Corbett - Pennsylvania
Gov. Corbett turned Pennsylvania’s state government into a favor mill for campaign supporters.
Gov. Corbett and his wife accepted a trip from a major campaign donor, which he initially failed to disclose, while the state was considering allowing the donor’s company to operate a fracking waste site without a state permit. Gov. Corbett later appointed the same donor to two state economic boards.
In 2012, Gov. Corbett awarded a $75,000 contract to Drinker Biddle & Reath, a law firm whose employees made substantial contributions to the governor’s campaigns. Gov. Corbett initially denied hiring the firm to defend the governor’s office in the lawsuit regarding Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, which was later blocked due to its likely disenfranchisement of eligible voters.
- Elected in 2010; eligible for reelection in 2014
- Accepted gifts from campaign donors, including one whose company was seeking the state’s permission to operate a fracking waste site
- Awarded, a $75,000 contract to a law firm whose employees contributed to his campaigns, which he attempted to conceal from the public