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Republicans Fighting to Protect Gerrymandering in Pennsylvania Have an Ethics Problem

Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district, drawn to help Republicans maintain a political edge. Photo: Mother Jones; National Atlas

It could complicate their conflict-of-interest challenge.

Last week, after the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court invalidated the state’s GOP-friendly congressional map, top Republicans in the state Legislature asked the state Supreme Court to throw out the decision. One of the Democratic justices, they argued, should have recused himself from the case because of comments he made in 2015 opposing gerrymandering.

But one of these Republicans, Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, did not disclose a more serious conflict of interest: Scarnati donated $25,000 to a different state Supreme Court justice, Republican Sallie Mundy, in April 2017. The donation came through his political action committee.

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