PAC with Local 98 ties reaches settlement with Ethics Board

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.