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No public $ for City Council's trip to party conventions

City Council members are showing out in force for this year’s party conventions.

No public $ for City Council's trip to party conventions

City Council members are showing out in force for this year’s party conventions.

And we here at PhillyClout were curious as to how members were paying for the trip and so we asked.

A majority of Council members dug into their own pockets or used their campaign funds to pay for the trip to the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C. We’re still waiting on responses from a couple of members.

But Jane Roh, Council President Darrell Clarke’s communications director said she was almost certain that none of the members are using public dollars. Those expenditures would have to be approved by Clarke, she said, and “any such requests would be rejected outright by this office.”

There are at least eight members at the convention including Council members Kenyatta Johnson, Curtis Jones Jr., Bobby Henon, Maria Quinones-Sanchez, Cindy Bass, Marian Tasco, Blondell Reynolds Brown and Clarke. Republican Councilman David Oh attended the Republican National Convention last week.

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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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