Vote By Day, Fundraise By Night

Pennsylvania's Citizens Voice notes that June is a month fraught with conflict for state lawmakers who must vote on a series of controversial issues even as they enter a heavy fundraising period where interested parties will be laying down thousand-dollar checks to bend lawmakers ears on their issue of choice.

Pennsylvania Common Cause is looking to create a buffer between fundraising event season and the legislative session, and while that may go a ways towards mending appearances money will continue to wield influence. Only with a Clean Elections-type system could this kind of conflict be avoided.