Misuse of public resources for political gain

Al Schmidt, who will declare his candidacy for City Commissioner Thursday, says he also will disclose documents showing misuse of public resources by elected officials for political purposes, a potential violation of the law.

In a release detailing his 8:30 a.m. Thursday announcement, he says he will provide "in black & white - copies of documents that show the misuse of public resources for partisan political purposes in city elections. . . This includes elected officials at the federal, state, and local level in Philadelphia -- Republicans and Democrats. The information was received from a right-to-know request from the City Commissioners and Board of Elections."

That's as much as he is saying right now. Stay tuned to Heard in the Hall for more information.

Schmidt has previously run unsuccessfully for City Controller and is a leader in an effort to overhaul Philadelphia's Republican Party.


Schmidt is a former senior analyst at the non-partisan U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress. He also served as a policy analyst for President Clinton’s Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States. The Commission was charged with conducting original research into the fate of assets taken from victims of the Holocaust. As the Commission’s policy analyst he played a key role in formulating and presenting recommendations to the President, according to his release.

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