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Ethics Board issues fines for campaign finance violations

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics today announced that a Councilwoman, a Council candidate and three political action committees have been fined for accepting or handing out contributions in 2011 above the annual city campaign finance limits of $2,600 per individual and $10,600 per political committee.

Here are the details on the sanctions:

  1. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell will pay $3,500 for accepting four contributions last year that exceeded the limits.

  2. Bill Rubin, who ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat to represent the 10th Councilmanic District, will pay $700 for accepting two contributions above the limits.

  3. The Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1 PAC will pay a $1,000 fine for making an excess contribution to Councilman Bobby Henon. Henon has already made a settlement deal with the board.

  4. The Steamfitter Local Union 420 PAC will pay a $1,000 penalty for making an excess contribution to Councilman Bobby Henon.

  5. The Genesis IV committee will pay $2,000 for making excess contributions to Blackwell and City Commissioner Anthony Clark. Clark has already reached a settlement agreement with the board.