Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayoral candidate Nelson A. Diaz raised $394,093 in the past four months, his latest campaign finance report shows.
That amount, however, includes a $125,000 loan Diaz made to himself and remains unpaid, a sign that the former Common Pleas Court Judge might not have much spending power during the last two weeks of the race.
His ending balance on May 4 was $135,376.
Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter left little room for doubt about his support for Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, a day after state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams said Ramsey should be out of a job for overseeing his department's stop-and-frisk policy.
Nutter, speaking at a memorial for fallen police officers and firefighters Wednesday afternoon, responded this way:
"Anyone who is not smart enough to ask him to stay is probably not smart enough to lead the city."
Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
With 13 days until the election, more political ads are hitting the airwaves.
Nelson Diaz became one of the last mayoral candidates to air an ad, which his campaign described as a “six-figure buy” running on city broadcast stations through Election Day.
Real estate developer Allan Domb doubled the contribution limits in the Council at-large race by contributing at least $250,000 of his own money or assets to his campaign.
The Board of Ethics released an advisory noting that contribution limits for all at-large candidates are now doubled.
Effective May 1, the new contributions permitted are $5,800 for individuals and $23,000 for political committees an unincorporated business organizations.
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Real estate tax collection has declined in Philadelphia for the second year in a row, starving the school district of at least $12 million.
As of March 31, the end of the third quarter, the city had collected $1.09 billion in property taxes. That’s a decline of $21 million from 2013 year-to-date collection of $1.11 billion, City Controller Alan Butkovitz said Monday.
The controller said that he didn’t know why there would be a further drop in tax collection again this year.
The Philadelphia Bar Association released its second and final round of recommendations, Tuesday for city judicial elections, though some candidates have since withdrawn from the race.
This year Philadelphia has a record high number of bench vacancies – 12 open spots on the Court of Common Pleas and three on the municipal court. The opportunity drew more than 90 candidates to file paperwork to run for the two benches in March.
With minimal requirements: You must be 21, a Philadelphia resident and a licensed attorney; a $176,572 paycheck and a random process for picking the order names appear on the ballot, it’s an enticing gig to go for.
The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce announced its list of endorsed candidates for City Council this morning, backing all but two incumbents in the contested races.
For the at-large contests, the chamber backed incumbents Ed Neilson and Blondell Reynolds Brown and endorsed challengers, developer, Allan Domb; former Reading Terminal Market chief, Paul Steinke and former city council aide, Derek Green.
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Philadelphia’s severely underfunded pension fund mailed out $31 million in retiree bonuses on Friday.
Next year, the pension board will mail out another set of checks worth about the same, for a total of $62 million in pension bonuses, city officials said Friday.
The bonuses are part of a deal that mayoral candidate James Kenney struck as a city councilman and one for which he has been criticized.