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In a stunning development the word Democrats was used in the first sentence of the story. This is dated Tuesday and hasn’t made any national headlines, so that part makes sense.
State Reps. Ron Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown, both Philadelphia Democrats, surrendered Tuesday in Harrisburg on bribery, conflict of interest and other charges after a Philadelphia grand jury investigation.
The charges pick up from a long-running state investigation that was spurned last year by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, but that Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams later took up.
Williams said both lawmakers have appeared before his grand jury and “fully admitted that they knowingly took illegal cash payments.”
Two PA legislators charged by Philadelphia DA in legislative sting case
Waters, the current secretary of the House Democratic Caucus and a House member since 1999, was charged with accepting nine payments totalling $8,750 from a confidential informant posing as a Harrisburg lobbyist to "exercise that God-given right of leverage."
Brown, a member of the state House since 2009, was charged with taking $4,000 on five different occasions from the informant.
"Hopefully today's events will help clean up some of the mess that we've all been watching."