Sunday, August 2, 2015

Renee Tartaglione admits to ethics violations

Deputy City Commissioner Renee Tartaglione settles ethics charges.

Renee Tartaglione admits to ethics violations


Deputy City Commissioner Renee Tartaglione has settled charges with the Philadelphia Board of Ethics that she used her own money to pay for campaign materials for a state representative in 2008. Tartaglione's recent resignation from her post came as part of the settlement. 
 In the release announcing the settlement, the ethics board said that Tartaglione, who has worked in her job for 27 years and is the daughter of City Commissioner and ward leader Marge Tartaglione, admitted to nine violations of the city charter that prohibit city employees from most types of participation in politcal campaigns.
She also agreed to pay a $2,700 fine.
Tartaglione and her husband, ward leader Carlos Matos, have long tangled with State Rep. Angel Cruz. Cruz has accused them of supporting Jonathan Ramos against him in primaries.
The board of ethics said Tartaglione ordered 4,500 campaign posters, 20,000 palm cards, and 64,000 bullet ballots that promoted the candidate. She also ordered 2,000 bullet ballots with the candidate’s opponent’s name but the wrong ballot button number for the opponent, the ethics release said. 

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