Even the internet is uncomfortable with all the fawning over state politicians.

On Tuesday the Wikipedia community first flagged a glowing bio of the Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, saying it may “rely excessively on sources too closely associated with the subject” and could have been written in return for payment, both of which violate its terms of use.

In Shapiro’s case, edits were made by a communications staffer.

Staffers for Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman also made edits to their bosses’ pages. As of Tuesday evening, all their pages had been similarly flagged.

The flaggings follow a LancasterOnline report earlier this week that taxpayer-paid staff for Shapiro, a potential candidate for governor in 2022, and other high-ranking state officials edit their boss’ Wikipedia pages, often in highly flattering terms.

Shapiro’s staffer, who is paid $65,526 a year after a recent raise of nearly $12,000, described him as a “rising progressive star” who has “earned a reputation as a consensus builder eager to take on the status quo and challenge powerful institutions to protect the people of Pennsylvania.” He wrote that Shapiro is “guided by his faith” and “driven by the teachings of Scripture.”

The Wikimedia Foundation, which operates the collaborative online encyclopedia, requires editors disclose their “employer, client, and affiliation with respect to any contribution for which (they) receive, or expect to receive, compensation.”

None of the other staffers disclosed those ties to their bosses.

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