Philadelphia: Democrat Corruption At A Glance

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Philadelphia: Democrat Corruption At A Glance

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Philadel­phia is becom­ing one of the most cor­rupt cities in the nation, owing mainly to Demo­c­rat control.

Just before the city hosted this year’s Demo­c­rat National Con­ven­tion, long­time con­gress­man Chaka Fat­tah and his son were con­victed of corruption.

Just after the con­ven­tion, a slew of Demo­c­rat offi­cials faced a vari­ety of state and fed­eral investigations.

John Dougherty, the most pow­er­ful Demo­c­rat oper­a­tive in the city, has been at the cen­ter of a fed­eral inves­ti­ga­tion into pos­si­ble rack­e­teer­ing. The head of the Inter­na­tional Broth­er­hood of Elec­tri­cal Work­ers in Philadel­phia, Dougherty has been a king­maker for decades, includ­ing his crit­i­cal sup­port for the cur­rent mayor, Jim Ken­ney. His brother serves on the Penn­syl­va­nia Supreme Court. Any­one who wants to win an elec­tion cam­paign in Philadel­phia and Penn­syl­va­nia kisses Dougherty’s ring.

City Coun­cil­man Keny­atta John­son is report­edly under fed­eral inves­ti­ga­tion over no-​bid real estate deals in the city. John­son allegedly approved the sale of city prop­er­ties with­out a bid­ding process to sev­eral buy­ers who con­tributed to his campaign.

Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s dis­trict attor­ney, didn’t report five years’ worth of gifts he should have acknowl­edged under state and local codes until recently. These gifts included a $45,000 roof repairs, and air­fare and lodg­ing to places like Key West, Las Vegas and the Domini­can Repub­lic. Williams’ lawyer said: “The true answer is, he should have reported it. He failed to do so. And he accepts responsibility.”

For­mer Mayor Michael Nut­ter and his entourage report­edly improp­erly used funds for a trip to Rome, among other irreg­u­lar­i­ties. The funds came from the Philadel­phia marathon and should not have been used for such expenses. Nut­ter has denied any impropriety.

At the state level, Attor­ney Gen­eral Kath­leen was con­victed of per­jury and obstruc­tion of jus­tice, and she resigned. She faces nearly two years in jail. With Kane out, top deputy Bruce Cas­tor took over as act­ing attor­ney gen­eral. Cas­tor, the for­mer Mont­gomery County dis­trict attor­ney, declined to press charges against Bill Cosby in 2005 became the No. 1 enforcer of Penn­syl­va­nia law.

Two State Supreme Court jus­tices were forced out of office for their involve­ment in send­ing porno­graphic mate­ri­als via state email. Okay, one was a Repub­li­can. And, three top Penn State employ­ees are sched­uled to go on trial for cov­er­ing up the pedophile ring of for­mer foot­ball coach Gerry Sandusky.

Despite all of this mishegoss, a huge major­ity of Philadel­phi­ans will pull the Demo­c­rat lever in November.

I guess we Philadel­phi­ans will get what we deserve — a con­tin­u­a­tion of the cor­rupt prac­tices at the local, state and national levels.


Christo­pher Harper, a recov­er­ing jour­nal­ist with The Asso­ci­ated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Wash­ing­ton Times, teaches media law.

The tomb of the unknown soldier who fought for liberty in the Revolutionary War.
In Philadelphia stands the tomb of the unknown soldier who fought for liberty in the Revolutionary War.

Philadelphia is becoming one of the most corrupt cities in the nation, owing mainly to Democrat control.

Just before the city hosted this year’s Democrat National Convention, longtime congressman Chaka Fattah and his son were convicted of corruption.

Just after the convention, a slew of Democrat officials faced a variety of state and federal investigations.

John Dougherty, the most powerful Democrat operative in the city, has been at the center of a federal investigation into possible racketeering. The head of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Philadelphia, Dougherty has been a kingmaker for decades, including his critical support for the current mayor, Jim Kenney. His brother serves on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Anyone who wants to win an election campaign in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania kisses Dougherty’s ring.

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson is reportedly under federal investigation over no-bid real estate deals in the city. Johnson allegedly approved the sale of city properties without a bidding process to several buyers who contributed to his campaign.

Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s district attorney, didn’t report five years’ worth of gifts he should have acknowledged under state and local codes until recently. These gifts included a $45,000 roof repairs, and airfare and lodging to places like Key West, Las Vegas and the Dominican Republic. Williams’ lawyer said: “The true answer is, he should have reported it. He failed to do so. And he accepts responsibility.”

Former Mayor Michael Nutter and his entourage reportedly improperly used funds for a trip to Rome, among other irregularities. The funds came from the Philadelphia marathon and should not have been used for such expenses. Nutter has denied any impropriety.

At the state level, Attorney General Kathleen was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice, and she resigned. She faces nearly two years in jail. With Kane out, top deputy Bruce Castor took over as acting attorney general. Castor, the former Montgomery County district attorney, declined to press charges against Bill Cosby in 2005 became the No. 1 enforcer of Pennsylvania law.

Two State Supreme Court justices were forced out of office for their involvement in sending pornographic materials via state email. Okay, one was a Republican. And, three top Penn State employees are scheduled to go on trial for covering up the pedophile ring of former football coach Gerry Sandusky.

Despite all of this mishegoss, a huge majority of Philadelphians will pull the Democrat lever in November.

I guess we Philadelphians will get what we deserve—a continuation of the corrupt practices at the local, state and national levels.


Christopher Harper, a recovering journalist with The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Washington Times, teaches media law.