Harrisburg seems determined to respond to reports of endemic venality by doing as the district attorney advised in
: "as little as possible." Newly disclosed findings of an abandoned investigation underscore the inadequacy of its approach.
Following The Inquirer's reports that an informant posing as a lobbyist gave money to at least four state representatives, lawmakers changed their rules to ban cash gifts and began moving legislation to the same effect. But the state's permissive laws on all sorts of noncash favors are an important part of the problem.