Cozen O'Connor, the law firm that fought off a challenge from millionaire Tom Knox last year to bounce U.S. Rep. Bob Brady from the Democratic primary ballot for mayor, asked a Common Pleas Court judge this week for help in getting paid for $448,468 in legal bills. The firm isn't suing Brady for non-payment. It's suing the city Board of Ethics for making Brady obey campaign contribution limits even after he lost the race. The firm is asking for a ruling that says any money spent by a candidate in a ballot challenge or raised by a candidate after losing an election is not subject to the contribution limits.
Shane Creamer, the executive director of the Board of Ethics, said Cozen O'Connor has no standing to file the lawsuit since the contribution limits restrict Brady, not the law firm. And Creamer said there's no reason to create an exception in the city's campaign finance law just to help a law firm get paid.