Allentown Mayor Edwin Pawlowski has insisted his campaign finance reports are "totally transparent."
In 2007, Pawlowski paid $270, the maximum fine under our toothless elections laws, for filing a late report. He actually attempted to get away with using campaign funds for his penalty. Voting Registrar Stacy Sterner ordered Pawlowski, in March, to pay the fine out of his own pocket.
In 2008, King Edwin was even more deceptive. He filed a bogus report on October 24, 2008, falsely claiming his coffers were empty. He was ordered to amend his report and guess what? Instead of of the goose egg originally claimed, Pawlowski actually raised $101,599 in just the first ten months of 2008, nearly as much money as in 2006 and 2007 combined.
Now he's at it again. In his most recent campaign finance report, filed December 3, King Edwin was required to list expenditures, including to whom paid, the address, the date and amount. He notes a $8,000 payment, on election day, to "misc. canvassers for election day." He refuses to identify the persons paid or where they reside. He describes the expenditure as "money to pay election day canvassers & workers."
Who are these canvassers? ACORN? SEIU? We have a right to know. If he can list his babysitting expenses, he can identify the people he's hired to work on election day.
Looks like it's time for another call to the voting registrar.