Ethics investigators search Donna Reed-Miller's office

Investigators from the city Board of Ethics visited Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller's office this afternoon and examined computer hard drives in an apparent probe into her endorsement of Verna Tyner, a candidate to replace her in the Eighth District.

An attorney for Miller, Charles Gibbs, released a statement saying that Miller was cooperating, but no further comment would be made.

The issue seems to be related to the Tyner endorsement, which Miller's communications director, Michael Quintero Moore, e-mailed this week from his city e-mail account on Miller's city council letterhead. Ethics rules prohibt campaign work done with city time and resources.

A City Hall source said the subpoena served on Miller's office named both the councilwoman and Moore. Miller is retiring this year, and seven candidates are vying for her seat representing Northwest Philadelphia.

David Dunphy, an adviser to the Tyner campaign, called it "an unfortunate error."

"Obviously this is unfortunate, but it’s not so much a Tyner campaign issue as a Council issue," he said.

Dunphy said "the Tyner campaign had no idea any of this was going on."

Shane Creamer, the ethics board executive director, left Miller's office with a number of investigators about 2:30 p.m. He declined to comment.

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