PAC tied to the electricians union agrees to $1,000 fine for campaign violations

Philadelphia Phuture PAC, one of the numerous political action committees funded by the city electricians union, IBEW Local 98, has agreed to pay a $1,000 fine for failing to make a timely disclosure of $17,975 worth of printing to promote various candidates in the 2013 Democratic primary election.

The PAC had ordered an assortment of flyers, bullet ballots, sample ballots and door hangers from Strassheim Graphic Design.  The material was distributed on Election Day by Concerned Irish Americans, another of Local 98’s satellite PACs.

 The $17,975 printing bill was eventually paid by Philadelphia Phuture in September 2013, but it should have been reported immediately, before the election, and listed as a debt to Strassheim when the PAC filed its post-election report in June,   the city Board of Ethics said in a settlement agreement released Wednesday.

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