Former Butkovitz associates and colleagues dish to Josh Kruger. If true, this is a huge deal:
“He just hires people to go out and campaign and get votes for him,” says “Leroy,” a source with intimate knowledge of Butkovitz’s administrative management of the Controller’s office. “What Alan does is promise ward leaders and political people who can drum up votes on election day that he’ll hire their kids. He wastes over a million dollars a year of taxpayer money on people who work for him two days out of every week for explicitly political purposes.”
Another individual formerly close to Butkovitz, I’ll call her Debbie, confirmed this individual’s experience. “Bill Rubin, who lost an election for city council, now works for Alan. While he’s on the clock for the Controller’s Office, all he does is call people who voted for him in his run and tell them, now, to vote for Alan. He also follows Alan around on the campaign trail as a public employee, and Rubin actually tweets about it and posts stuff on Facebook about it, too. Rubin earns $73,000 a year from the city to do this,” Debbie wrote to me and showed me the evidence. Frankly, it was shocking.
“There are numerous jobs that Alan sold to ward leaders. The ward leaders help Alan get votes, and Alan gives jobs to their kids. Tameika Jordan is the daughter of Willie Jordan, and got a clerical job and even just got a $5,000 raise in exchange for Jordan’s endorsement,” Debbie goes on. “Dwayne Stewart is the son of Al Stewart, and Dwayne’s job as ‘fraud investigator’ was exchange for Al Stewart’s political support. Dwayne was hired as a Fraud Investigator without any experience, credentials, or college education,” Debbie says.
Most interestingly, Debbie and Leroy have no connection to each other whatsoever. Instead, they’ve both independently reached out to me to bring to light Butkovitz’s continued corruption and dereliction of duty as the city’s chief auditing officer.
“I’ve never seen anything corrupt as this guy in twenty years of working for the city,” adds Leroy. And what about former Controller Jonathan Saidel, someone Leroy knows closely? “Saidel hates Butkovitz. Butkovitz ruined the office, all the good stuff that Saidel built for years has been destroyed by Alan.” When I heard this, I started to make sense of why Mayor Michael Nutter and every good government Philadelphian was seemingly in allegiance, whether publicly or privately, against Butkovitz.