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White Linen Invite Raises Questions

As you may know, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.’s annual “white linen” birthday party and fundraiser is scheduled for Friday night. PhillyClout yesterday received an invitation to the party from a Jones Council staffer who serves as his communication director. The invite was sent from her city email address and featured the city seal.

White Linen Invite Raises Questions

As you may know, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.’s annual “white linen” birthday party and fundraiser is scheduled for Friday night. PhillyClout yesterday received an invitation to the party from a Jones Council staffer who serves as his communication director. The invite was sent from her city email address and featured the city seal.

We had two questions about the message:

  1. Should this staffer be sending out a political message from her city address, presumably on city time?
  2. While Council staffers are allowed to do political work, unlike other city workers, they are banned from fundraising activities under the City Charter. Does sending out an email to an event which solicits funds for the Councilman’s campaign account qualify as fundraising?

Shane Creamer, the executive director of the city Board of Ethics, declined to comment on the situation. We called Jones for comment and received an email which said the situation was an oversight and has been corrected. The email did not clarify what exactly had been done to correct things.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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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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