A political action committee supported primarily by Gov. Rendell stands accused of circumventing city campaign-finance rules and failing to disclose contributions to, among others, three of five Democratic candidates in the 2007 Philadelphia mayor’s race.
The Philadelphia Board of Ethics went to court Tuesday to compel the PAC – Pennsylvanians for Better Leadership – to pay $30,000 in fines and amend its campaign-finance reports to show the missing information.
“You have a politically connected and well-funded PAC that has been operating outside of the law by failing to make the required disclosures,” said Shane Creamer, executive director of the ethics board. As a result, he said, “The public hasn’t had an opportunity to understand what this PAC has been doing.”
The lawsuit, which the ethics board filed in Common Pleas Court, alleges 20 violations committed in 2007. The board did not allege any wrongdoing by Rendell, a Democrat, who donated $160,000 to the PAC in 2007.
Specifically, the suit cited 13 instances in which the PAC did not reveal $49,000 worth of donations it made to city, state, and federal candidates. Among them were U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (who received $5,000 on March 1, 2007); U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah ($2,000 on March 9, 2007); and state Rep. Dwight Evans ($10,000 on March 1, 2007). All were candidates in the Democratic mayoral primary.
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