John McDaniel, the former campaign manager for City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, entered into a settlement agreement Monday afternoon with the Philadelphia Board of Ethics. McDaniel admitted to:
- Giving Brown $4,600 in campaign contributions in 2011, $2,000 more than the $2,600 per year limit, to cover election expenses.
- Giving Brown $3,750 in cashier's checks and checks drawn from his personal bank account to help her pay Board of Ethics fines in 2011 for violations of the city's campaign finance law.
- Making 40 "material omissions and misstatements" in filing reports for Brown's political action committee and Progressive Action PAC, a political action committee funded by the Laborer's District Council.
- Committing five violations of the city's ban on political activity by employees. He continued to coordinate Progressive Agenda PAC finances in 2012 after Mayor Nutter gave him a $87,125-per-year job supervising volunteers at the airport.
McDaniel, who pleaded guilty in federal court two weeks ago to stealing from Brown's political action committee and from Progressive Agenda PAC, agreed to pay a $12,450 fine. The settlement agreement said that fine will be waived if McDaniel, due to be sentenced May 14, is sent to federal prison.
Charles Gibbs, McDaniel's attorney, said the settlement showed that McDaniel was taking responsibility for his actions. "He understands that he committed certain violations of the city code and city charter," Gibbs said.
The Board of Ethics on Jan. 28 approved a settlement agreement with Brown, who agreed to pay $48,834 in fines and repayments for a long list of omissions and misstatements in reporting on her political action committee.