The four Philadelphia House Democrats who reportedly took money from Ali were: Reps. Ronald G. Waters for a total of $7,650; Vanessa Brown, $4,000; Michelle Brownlee, $3,500; and Louise Bishop, $1,500.

While it is important to remember that none of the four lawmakers have been charged with any crime, the allegations against the four represent appalling and unacceptable behavior.

The alleged conduct is totally unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. This sort of behavior by elected officials erodes public trust and increases cynicism

It is long overdue that Pennsylvania lawmakers realize that unlimited cash gifts can have corrupting effects in a democracy.

(Reprinted from the Philadelphia Tribune)

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