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Environmental group fined by state ethics commission

A 2006 state report requires lobbyists to file quarterly expense reports with the state.

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A 2006 state law requires lobbyists to file quarterly expense reports with the state.

One of Pennsylvania’s leading environmental organizations is being fined by the state ethics commission for failing to file a quarterly lobbying expense report on time.

PennEnvironment has 30 days to pay the $1,960 fine over its delinquent quarterly expense report from the second quarter of 2016. The group also has to pay $250 to cover costs the ethics commission incurred investigating the matter.

Under a state 2006 disclosure law, lobbyists are required to file quarterly expense reports. According to records with the Pennsylvania Department of State, PennEnvironment spent $66,534 lobbying last year.The group is active on a number of issues, including Marcellus Shale gas development.

A PennEnvironment spokesman declined to comment on the fine.

The Working Families Organization, which lobbies for progressive economic issues, was also fined by the commission for the same issue.

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