The Philadelphia Board of Ethics is currently visiting the third-floor City Hall offices of Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller and officers from the Philadelphia Police Department's Civil Affairs Unit are guarding the door. We hear Miller is not in the office. Board of Ethics staffers have been there for at least an hour.
A City Hall source says Miller's office is being investigated for allegedly using city-owned printers to produce materials for the Verna Tyner campaign. Miller, who in January announced that she would not seek re-election, endorsed Tyner on Tuesday.
"While many Eighth District candidates are bogged down in idealism, they offer no real solutions," Miller said in her endorsement. "Verna knows what it takes to make things happen in city government."
David Dunphy, a political consultant helping Tyner's campaign, said Miller has not been using her office to help Tyner.
"To my knowledge, there’s been absolutely no coordination between Donna Reed Miller’s Council office and Verna Tyner’s campaign." Dunphy said.
Dunphy acknowledged that Miller's endorsement was sent out Tuesday from her City Hall office, on her Council stationary, an oversight he blamed on Miller's City Hall staff. "It went out from the wrong place and the wrong computer," he said.
Charles Gibbs emerged from Miller's office, identified himself as her attorney, and said she was not available for comment. Gibbs said Miller would be releasing a statement later today.
UPDATE, 2:40 pm: Shane Creamer, executive director of the Board of Ethics, just left Miller's office and declined to comment. Miller's attorney issued a statement saying she was cooperating with the investigation but would have no further comment.