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Dave Fawcett Calls for County-Level Campaign Finance Reform in Response to the Allegations of Improprieties Against Treasurer Weinstein

Mar 17, 2023

For Immediate Release:

Kyra Baillie
412 – 352 – 6007

Pittsburgh, PA – At a press conference this morning (3/17/23), Dave Fawcett called for more rigorous campaign finance regulations, that would limit contributions and increase transparency at the County level:

“At a minimum, the use of campaign monies by elected officials and candidates to exercise influence is wrong and erodes the public trust in our institutions and elected officials. Other times, it is flat out illegal behavior. I have firsthand experience standing up to the corrosive nature of campaign money in politics. I took on an out-of-control CEO of a corporate giant in the coal industry, Don Blankenship, in a state that, like Pennsylvania and Allegheny County, has no campaign contribution limits. Similar to the case with Blankenship, John Weinstein is abusing his public trust to try to wield influence over the awarding of hundreds of millions of taxpayer’s dollars.”

“All of the reports we’ve seen in recent days and weeks involve the same pattern…a career politician using campaign money to curry favor to receive something in return. That’s an abuse of power. People need to be able to trust their elected officials.”

“As County Executive, I would act to place reasonable limits on campaign contributions in this County. Federal races have limits. Our City has limits. Our County should also have the same limits…There should be greater transparency through timely reporting of contributions. Reporting should be every 60 days during the election cycle, plus 2 weeks before the election.”

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