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WTSP Tampa Investigates Political Influence

Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Posted on 11/5/2015

Tegna’s CBS affiliate WTSP St. Petersburg, Fla. aired "The Gatekeeper," a newscast and 6,000-word online story with links to public records and online-only videos based on reporter Noah Pransky’s year-long investigation into private public relations consultant Beth Leytham. Pransky found evidence that Leytham may be skirting lobbying registration laws. Her clients include Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan. After the story broke, a city council member called for a review of Tampa’s lobbying rules. The county administrator asked the sheriff to review the award of a $1.35 million contract to one of Leytham’s clients, who used her as a subcontractor.

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