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Pay-to-play rules elude most Pennsylvania municipalities

Some Pennsylvania communities have the power to restrict political contributors from getting government contracts.

But almost none exercise it. Why?

The reasons are rooted in political scandal, court rulings and Pennsylvania’s labyrinthine municipal laws.

Allentown is the latest addition to the short list of cities — Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are others — to ban political contributors at a certain level from bidding on contracts.