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By The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 1:33 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania Democrats are lining up to blast Republican Gov. Tom Corbett for gifts from special interests that he and his wife accepted over two years.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported Tuesday the Corbetts disclosed gifts worth more than $11,000 from lobbyists and business executives in 2010, while Corbett was campaigning for governor, and in 2011, his first year in office.

The state Democratic Party promptly filed a complaint with the State Ethics Commission, demanding an investigation.

And John Hanger, the only declared Democratic candidate for governor in 2014, is calling on Corbett to pay back the value of the gifts to the givers.

Corbett spokeswoman Kelli Roberts says he has complied with state disclosure requirements and bases his official decisions on what's best for the state.

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