This vacation home flap is great politics for the Democrats, not because there’s something particularly galling about the actual thing he did, but because it pushes two buttons that really tend to fire up the Democratic base (sneaky rich guys! evading disclosure!), and because it provides an opening to remind voters about all the shady stuff that shows up every time a new Corbett ethics disclosure comes out, or when he revises one.
It’s not like a gas lobbyist bought the Corbetts this house on the sly or anything, but I bet a lot of people are seeing these headlines and thinking that, simply because every time the words “Corbett” and “ethics” come up in the same sentence, we’re primed to expect some news about him accepting personal gifts from people and companies who do business with the state:
Here’s a list of gifts Blank Rome has given the Corbetts since 2007* (you can read the couple’s full ethics disclosure statements here.)
- 2007: Pair of tickets to Philadelphia Academy of Music Concert and Ball ($5,000), ticket to Phillies game ($107), Pennsylvania Society Dinner ($275)
- 2008: Pair of tickets to Philadelphia Academy of Music Concert and Ball ($5,000)
- 2010: Pair of tickets to Philadelphia Academy of Music Concert and Ball ($5,000), ticket to Phillies home opener game ($65)
The Philadelphia Inquirer also reported the law firm was listed as a “Platinum Sponsor” for Corbett’s 2011 Inaugural Ball and donated between $15,000 to $25,000 to help pay for the celebration.
After Corbett was elected Governor, he appointed a former partner from Blank Rome, Michael Krancer, to head the state Department of Environmental Protection.