DA campaign Larry Krasner and Real Justice PAC admitted to breaking Philly campaign finance law again
For the second time in as many elections, District Attorney Larry Krasner’s campaign and a San Francisco-based political group that supports him have admitted to breaking Philadelphia’s campaign finance law.
In a settlement with the city’s ethics board announced Thursday, Krasner’s campaign agreed to pay $ 10,000 in penalties and admitted to making inaccuracies and omissions in its campaign funding reports during the campaign. successful re-election of progressive prosecutor this year.
Additionally, Real Justice PAC, a national criminal justice reform group, agreed to pay $ 30,000 in penalties after admitting to making inaccuracies and omissions in its reports. The group was co-founded by controversial racial justice activist Shaun King, who has been accused by others in progressive circles of profiting from their movement.
After a tense campaign that gained national attention as a test of the reform movement’s endurance, Krasner ended up handily defeating former prosecutor Carlos Vega in the Democratic primary, despite backing Vega from the union. of the police and the city on the heels for a record. -High number of homicides in 2021. He then won the victory over Republican candidate Chuck Peruto Jr. in November.
Sanctions for the campaign and the PAC were increased because they were repeat offenders, having broken the city’s campaign finance laws during Krasner’s breakthrough victory in 2017.
The violations were slightly different this time around, but many of them centered around the same relationship between the PAC and the campaign, in which PAC political director Brandon Evans served as Krasner’s campaign manager without joining. officially his campaign team. Instead, the campaign paid PAC for counseling services, and PAC employed Evans.
While such an arrangement is legal, Ethics Council executive director Shane Creamer said campaign fundraising reports filed by the two organizations made it impossible for the public to understand. Campaign reports described payments to PAC for a variety of costs – ranging from travel and accommodation costs to Evans’ compensation – as “Policy advice.” Some PAC reports, meanwhile, did not provide any details of his spending for Krasner.
âThere was no way for the public to know how the Krasner campaign was paying the PAC for staff, including its campaign manager Brandon Evans, and for other services,â Creamer said. “Disclosure errors by the PAC and the Krasner campaign combined to cause a lack of public transparency about how on-board employees were paid.”
Evans, who also led Mayor Jim Kenney’s 2019 re-election campaign, called the flawed reporting isolated administrative errors in a large campaign apparatus.
“To put these mistakes in context, the campaign received over 25,000 contributions during the campaign, totaling over $ 1.3 million,” Evans said in a statement. âHe provided complete and timely financial reports, including one of 157 pages. Fines represent approximately 0.5% of the total raised, spent and reported by the campaign. Obviously, we regret all the mistakes that were made.