Friday, November 27, 2015

Pols surrender contributions from indicted union

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Democratic candidate for governor, donates a $10,000 check from Ironworkers Local 401 to charity. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale vows to return $7,500 contribution from his 2012 campaign. Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged union leaders with extortion, arson and assault

Pols surrender contributions from indicted union


News of the federal racketeering charges against leaders of Ironworkers Local 401 in Philadelphia Tuesday has sent politicians who have benefitted from the union’s generosity scrambling to disassociate themselves from charges of extortion, arson and assault.

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Democratic candidate for governor, donated to charity a $10,000 campaign contribution from the local. The campaign sent a check to the International Association of Firefighters Charitable Foundation, said spokesman Mark Bergman.

“We take the charges that were filed today very seriously ,” Bergman said. “If crimes were committed, people need to be punished.”

Amy Worden of the Harrisburg Bureau reports that State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says he will return the $7,500 that Ironworkers Local 401 gave to his campaign in 2012. “I want to go through and review it but my policy is to return it,” DePasquale said. (He earlier had returned a contribution from the indicted charter school operator Nick Trombetta of Pittsburgh.)

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