Pennsylvania State Archives

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11:51 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Gift Disclosures Here, But Not For Long

"If we decide if something doesn't have value and destroy it or don't take it, then it's gone forever," said State Archives Director David Haury. "This is a serious responsibility."
Credit Mary Wilson / 90.5 WESA

Anyone with Internet access will be able to read the 2012 financial interest statements disclosing gifts accepted by public officials — like Turkish robes for the governor and Waterford crystal for the lieutenant governor.

But after five years, the state Ethics Commission doesn't keep such records on hand. Within the past few years, the Pennsylvania State Archives decided it would stop taking them, and it destroyed old disclosure forms going back to 1979.