Pawlowski has actually run afoul of campaign finance reporting laws at least three times since he was elected mayor in 2005. In 2007, Hizzoner attempted to get away with using campaign funds to pay a $270 fine for a late report. He was ordered him to pay the money out of his own pocket. In 2008, he filed a bogus report, falsely claiming his coffers were empty, when he actually raised $101,599. He was ordered to amend that report, too. In 2009, he listed a $8,000 payment on election day for "miscellaneous canvassers," without bothering to list who they were or where they live. Ordered to do so, we learned that he trolled an Easton homeless shelter for his 26 campaign workers.
After three blatant violations of campaign finance laws, you might think he's learned his lesson. You'd be wrong. A cursory review of his 2014 filings reveals that he illegally accepted corporate money.
One law that still exists, notwithstanding the Citizens United decision, is the outright ban on corporate contributions in Pennsylvania to the committees of candidates seeking public office.
In plain defiance of that law, Pawlowski accepted the following corporate contributions:
- Cityline Development Corporation, registered as a business corporation with the Department of State, donated $2,500 on 10/9/14.
- Supremo Foods, a NJ corporation, donated $2,500 on 10/6/14.
- Superior Tile, which is either a LLC or business corporation, donated $500 on 10/6/14. (A LLC may contribute, but only if treated as a partnership for federal tax purposes)
- McGreggor Industries, which is not registered and therefore is an unincorporated association or a foreign corporation, donated $1,000 on 9/17/14.