Pennsylvania mayor, former mayor hit with federal corruption charges

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July 27, 2017

Pennsylvania CorruptionPHILADELPHIA — The mayor of Allentown and the former mayor of Reading have been charged with corruption for a series of pay-to-play schemes officials likened to putting for-sale signs on their offices while promising political favors to deep-pocketed donors.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and former Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer have been charged with multiple counts of bribery and fraud, according to indictments that detail how the two Democrats handed lucrative city contracts to donors who showered them with cash and gifts.

“Pawlowski and Spencer essentially put a for-sale sign up in front of city hall in Reading and in Allentown to sell their office and their services to the highest bidder,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Louis Lappen.

Prosecutors allege Pawlowski attempted to steer contracts for jobs such as streetlight upgrades, a cyber security deal and other legal work toward those who gave him money from 2012 to 2015. In total, he accepted more than $150,000 in campaign contributions in exchange for the use of his office, prosecutors said.

  • Janis

    Two Dem just playing by the Clinton playbook.

    • Bob

      It that truly were the case, how did they screw up and get charged? One Clinton commits perjury, gets impeached but finishes his term and then gets off with just losing his law license for a short time (like anyone would hire him as a lawyer). The other lies to the American people, directly to their faces, hangs Americans out to die (and lies about it), violates every basic rule of security (and lies about it), and dang near gets elected President (after stealing the nomination from a much better candidate) and she now has the temerity to play the victim, blaming all for her short comings. These 2 guys are rank armatures compared to the Clinton Crime Family.

      • Janis

        So true Bob. The Clintons are so protected and have no shame. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the current Administration can crack this nut of a stranglehold that has protected them for so, so long. The majority of the nation will not be happy until we see the entire crumbling of the Clinton Empire and see people going to jail.

        • Bob

          I would be happy if they would just GO AWAY. All 3 of them. I am getting tired of Chelsea, who has done nothing to deserve it, being treated as an expert on anything.

          • Retired

            Expert at milking the foundation .

    • Retired

      They must not have paid the annual dues to the Clintons .

  • Rock

    Imagine that, typical for Pa. (or any other states) Democrats. Wolf is no different, catering to his deep pocket buddies/groups and continually raising taxes.
    It’s the Democrat way of politics.

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