Back in 2007, then-candidate Bob Brady (in photo) faced a challenge from rival Tom Knox, and Brady racked up nearly a half-million dollars in legal fees.
Shane Creamer (left), of the city’s Board of Ethics, backed the limit. Ellen Kaplan of the watchdog group Committee of 70 (right), thinks it should be lower.
Not only is the city’s 50-year-old law currently covering such gifts quite vague, but it fails to set specific limits on the value of gifts that city workers can accept.
The Ethics Board, saying it is required by law to do so, posted an opinion that Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown’s attorney says was clearly referring to her.
The William Penn Foundation, has placed a hold on grants to the city while it awaits clarification of lobbying restrictions.
Ethics board executive director Shane Creamer says these include reporting violations, excess contributions received by her campaign committee, and improper handling of contributions.
Two employees of Councilwoman Donna Miller were fined by the Philadelphia Board of Ethics for using time and materials on the job for campaign activities.
It was originally supposed to go into effect last July, but has yet to be implemented as city officials try to make adjustments to it.