Ethics Board hits Clerk of Quarter Sessions

Lest it leave any elected or party official unscathed in the city of Philadelphia, the Board of Ethics is now seeking a $3,000 fine against Clerk of Quarter Sessions Vivian Miller for alleged violation of campaign finance laws.

The Board has filed an "enforcement action" in Court of Common Please against Miller, accusing her of using two campaign committees for her reelection in 2007. City campaign finance laws say that a candidate for local office must use only one committee, for the sake of transparency. Miller's campaign was funded both by the Committee to Re-Elect Vivian Miller and the 51st Democratic Ward Committee, where she is the ward leader, according to the Board of Ethics.

In a press release, the Board stated that Miller made expenditures from her Ward committee even after the single-committee rule was explained to her in a letter from the board.

The Board has targeted other elected officials for the same infraction. Its victims to date, for this and other alleged violations, include U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, the late Democratic City Committee secretary and City Councilwoman Carol Ann Campbell, Gubernatorial candidate Tom Knox, the Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and a gaggle of other City Council members.

Miller could not be immediately reached for comment.

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