Corbett, wife accepted thousands in gifts from biz execs, lobbyists
PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS: IT WAS THE hottest ticket in town when the Pittsburgh Penguins dropped the puck for hockey’s outdoor Winter Classic at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field on New Year’s Day 2011. And Tom Corbett was among the spectators.
But the incoming governor didn’t pay a dime for his seat at the game, or for a Winter Classic brunch – together worth $472, according to state records. Instead, the tab was picked up by lobbyist Robert Kennedy, vice president for governmental affairs at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
The next time Corbett found himself talking with UPMC officials was 10 months later, and he was wearing his governor’s hat, not hockey-game garb.
Pennsylvania’s chief executive threw his considerable political weight into resolving a costly, high-profile dispute between Pittsburgh’s largest hospital chain and that region’s top insurer, Highmark…. (more)