PAC with Local 98 ties reaches settlement with Ethics Board

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Minority clerk Dori Lenz awaits voters at the 8th ward, 6th division polling location on the third floor of the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia, May 21, 2013. ( DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer )

Philadelphia Phuture, a political action committee with ties to the electricians union, will pay a $1,000 fine to the city Ethics Board after admitting to two reporting violations during the 2013 election cycle. 

The PAC hired a printing company, Strassheim Graphic Design, to produce sample ballots and other campaign material to promote certain Democratic candidates, including City Controller Alan Butkovitz and a slate of local judges, in the May 2013 primary.

It paid for the materials in September 2013 but failed to list the order as a debt to Strassheim when the order was made. It also failed to disclose the expense on a 24-hour independent expenditure report. 

The PAC's treasurer, Ed McBride, is a former official of the politically powerful International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98. 

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