Database discloses campaign contributions made by Treasury vendors as model for Commonwealth
Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella today announced the launch of the newest feature of the Contracts e-Library — a vendor campaign finance database — which allows every Pennsylvanian the ability to see political contributions made by Treasury vendors in one place. Such information is a matter of public record, but currently can only be accessed by checking several different locations and databases. Easy and user-friendly access to information on vendor contributions in one spot brings further integrity, accountability and transparency to state government.
“This new, simplified database on the Transparency Portal combines important campaign finance contribution information and Treasury vendor contracts in one easy-to-navigate location. I have long called for information on campaign contributions to be available alongside information on all state contracts, and continue to urge the General Assembly to require regular disclosure of political contributions by all state vendors as the best solution to do so. I hope in the long run this feature will be incorporated by statute into the database on state contracts administered by Treasury. In the meanwhile, by taking this step for Treasury vendors, we have shown how it can be done, and provided a model that I hope other units of state government will follow. The Transparency Portal is a growing and evolving tool for Pennsylvania taxpayers to hold their government accountable. The campaign finance database is just the latest facet of the checks and balances we need to keep pay-to-play practices out of Pennsylvania.”
Pennsylvania State Treasurer, Joe Torsella
The vendor campaign finance database can be found here on Treasury’s Transparency Portal. The Transparency Portal launched in 2017 with Phase 1 allowing the General Fund balance to be seen in real-time. Improvements continued including rollouts of Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4, Phase 5, and Phase 6.