Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan has been fined by the Federal Elections Commission, reports the Morning Call. He improperly used money from his local campaign account to fund research for his congressional campaign:
The complaint was filed by state Republican Chairman Robert Gleason in February 2010. It accused Callahan of spending $9,932 of campaign cash from his local account to pay for research from the Austin, Texas-based Stanford Campaigns to benefit his federal race.
Callahan had hired the Democratic research firm to do a background check on him to find out what an opponent might dig up. He did this in 2009 before he announced his run for Congress against Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent in the Lehigh Valley’s 15th District.
Callahan paid $5,000 back to his mayor committee from his federal committee before the complaint was filed, but didn’t disclose or pay back the remaining $4,932, according to the FEC report.