The campaign committee of the state Senate’s top Republican is suing a Pennsylvania media group and two journalists.

Written by on September 23, 2020

The campaign committee of the state Senate’s top Republican is suing a Pennsylvania media group and two journalists

By Hayden Mittman

September 23, 2020

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. Photo|Steven M. Falk, Philadelphia Inquirer.

The campaign committee of the state Senate’s top Republican is suing a Pennsylvania media group and two journalists. 

Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati’s campaign filed a suit this summer seeking over six thousand dollars from the Harrisburg watchdog publication The Caucus, as well as its bureau chief and a Spotlight PA reporter. The journalists uncovered questionable spending by the lawmaker and other politicians through public records requests. The campaign alleges that was the cost of turning over those documents.

The suit however, should it prevail, has ramifications for the future of investigative reporting and how journalists may be able to cover state politics. 

To unpack lawsuits and other large legal matters happening in the state, WLVR’s Hayden Mitman spoke with Spotlight PA’s Deputy Editor Sarah Anne Hughes who has been covering the developments. 

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