HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania. (AP) — Gov. Josh Shapiro’s refusal to reveal who paid for his glitzy inaugural party has exposed a gap in state law that allows Pennsylvania governors to avoid the transparency sometimes required elsewhere.
Federal law requires presidential inauguration committees to disclose information about donors who donate more than $200 to the inauguration celebration. Such laws exist in states such as Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey, as well as in cities such as New York and Philadelphia, where cities also limit the amount an individual donor can donate to an inauguration.