For years, I have been touting the uber-corrupt politicians of Philadelphia. Every time I do, someone remarks, “Oh Wyatt, Philly politicians may be corrupt, but they’ll never be Chicago-corrupt. Comparatively, you’re still a bunch of pikers.”
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown.
Philadelphia’s Board of Ethics has slapped at-large councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown with more than $20,000 in fines, for campaign finance and ethics violations. Ethics board executive director Shane Creamer says these include reporting violations, excess contributions received by her campaign committee, and improper handling of contributions.
“There were numerous omissions from many campaign finance reports, in 2011 particularly. And there were also some material misstatements in those reports,” he said today.
Separately, she was fined $4,500 for ethics violations involving the use of campaign money for personal reasons.
Blondell, if that is her real name, is in her fourth term. Considering her electorate – made up almost entirely of low-information voters – she will keep her position for a very long time.