The culture of Harrisburg would be best described as “clubby.” After legislative sessions at the State Capitol on Third Street, lawmakers and their staffs often head toward the wide selection of establishments on Second Street and elsewhere to socialize and strategize — and to attend the constant fundraisers happening around the city.

But it’s not just those with offices in the capitol who make up this scene: It’s also the lawyers and lobbyists who make their living by befriending and influencing legislators from around the state for whom Harrisburg becomes a second home. Members interact constantly with lawyers and their firms — which often have in-house lobbying operations — who host events, collect campaign checks and discreetly communicate information.

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