Friday, May 22, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, May 21, 2015, 1:23 PM
Jim Kenney, left, who won the Democratic nomination for mayor of Philadelphia, and Mayor Nutter speak with reporters in front of the mayor's office on May 21, 2015. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

The former City Councilman who was often critical of the Nutter administration during his time on council stood side by side the Mayor Thursday praising his work.

The unlikely duo — recent Democratic mayoral primary winner James F. Kenney and Nutter — held a news conference outside the mayor’s office in City Hall following their closed-door meeting.

“I want to welcome my friend back, back to the mayor’s office,” Nutter said.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 8:50 AM
On Twitter, a group named Cyber ComandOs that identifies itself as a Muslim hacker team has taken responsibility for the hack. (Screen shot)

The website for Philadelphia's City Council was hacked for several hours Wednesday morning. The site was replaced by a sparse black background with white text reading: "I am Muslim & Islam is my way of Life."

On Twitter, a group named Cyber ComandOs that identifies itself as a Muslim hacker team has taken responsibility for the hack.

The Council site is hosted separately from city government sites, which were not impacted by the breach, according to Jane Roh, spokeswoman for Council President Darrell Clarke. Roh said no city information that would be considered sensitive was compromised or accessed. 

POSTED: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 7:00 PM
Cutout photos of the faces of Jim Kenney, left, who is running for mayor, and Kevin Dougherty right, who is running for PA Supreme Court, are seen outside Famous 4th St. Deli in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 19, 2015. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

The tradition continued for the umpteenth time Tuesday. Politicians and other movers and shakers from around the city made their stopped at Famous 4th Street Deli in South Philadelphia and at Relish in the Northwest part the city.

And as always both scenes were quite lively.

At Famous-- where politicians for the last four decades have lunched on election day -- guests were greeted by huge cutouts of Jim Kenney (running for mayor) and Kevin Dougherty (running for Supreme Court judge) heads.

POSTED: Monday, May 18, 2015, 5:23 PM
Anthony Williams (left) and Jim Kenney (right). ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff photographer )

No one said mayoral campaigns are cheap.

Anthony H. Williams and James Kenney have each spent at least $1 million (Lynne Abraham was just under $1 million) as of May 8 when the most recent campaign finance reports were due. Williams and Kenney each raised $1.3 million between January and May 4. The candidates have since raised and spent some more money but we won’t know full details until after the election. 

Here is a breakdown of how each of the two $1 million-plus campaigns spent their money:

POSTED: Friday, May 15, 2015, 1:19 PM
Jim Kenney speaks at The Next Mayor debate at Temple University in Philadelphia on Monday, May 4, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer )

A week after the campaign finance guns were shown by the top three mayoral candidates, James Kenney, Anthony H. Williams and Lynne Abraham are continuing to gather ammunition.

Last week’s campaign finance reporting deadline showed that Kenney and Williams had raised $1.3 million each and Abraham raised $1 million. Since then, any campaign that receives or gives a donation of more than $500 must report it within 24-hours.

We’ve been tracking those reports all week.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 12:22 PM
Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke on last day of council before holiday break. Photograph taken on Thursday, December 11, 2014. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ) (DN)

Remember that time that Council President Darrell L. Clarke was teasing everyone about running for mayor and holding fundraisers all over town and in New York?

Well, Clarke's PAC accrued a half-million dollar war chest this past winter. But the Council President then decided he would not run for mayor.

Clarke recently flung the money chest open. He is helping out his Council colleagues who face a tough fight at the polls next week, as well as one Council newcomer running unopposed.

POSTED: Friday, May 8, 2015, 6:58 PM
Mayoral candidate State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (left) with nonprofit education executive Nina Weisbord and financial trader Joel Greenberg in 2009. Greenberg is one of three backers of the political action committee American Cities. File Photograph

If Friday's campaign finance reports were ranked by sheer size, then we have a winner in American Cities, an independent expenditure political action committee funded by three Main Line stock traders who support state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams for mayor.

American Cities reported raising $6,830,000 from Jan. 1 to Monday, according to a report filed today.  Of that, $6,651,000 -- or 97.4 percent -- came from Joel Greenberg, Jeff Yass and Arthur Dantchik, the founders of Susquehanna International Group.

That sort of spending was remarkable compared to the money raised by the six Democrats running for mayor in the May 19 primary and independent PACs supporting former City Councilman Jim Kenney.  By comparison, Building a Better PA Fund, which is running pro-Kenney television ads, raised just under $1.5 million in 2015.

POSTED: Friday, May 8, 2015, 5:26 PM
Jim Kenney listens, with Anthony Hardy Williams at left, during the Democratic mayoral candidates debate at Temple University. ( TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )

Building a Better PA Fund, an independent expenditure political action committee running television ads in support of Former City Councilman Jim Kenney's bid for mayor, raised almost $1.5 million in 2015, according to a campaign finance report filed Friday

The report had one big surprise:  Half the money raised -- $725,000 -- came from the Carpenters Fund for Growth and Progress, which shares an address in Edison, N.J. with at least four carpenter local unions and a pension fund.

Union carpenters in Philadelphia are backing state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams against Kenney in the May 19 Democratic primary election.  Different sides of the Delaware River, different candidates for mayor of Philadelphia.

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