Thursday, May 19, 2011
PETITION: Investigate political corruption & patronage at the PPA
On May 19, 2011; Philadelphians for ethical leadership started a petition to the Criminal Law Division of the Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General conduct a full field audit and investigation into the Philadelphia Parking Authority and it’s connection to Michael MEEHAN and Vito CANUSO, ESQ., and the “Republican City Committee” (Currently unrecognized by the Pennsylvania GOP):
On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in which the primary elections for Philadelphia Municipal Offices was held, numerous members of the Philadelphia press and political activists received independent reports of the following:
§ That numerous members of the Philadelphia Parking Authority were instructed to switch their shifts to the overnight tour of duty and instead of working normal day shifts; to report to polling places and aggressively campaign for Karen BROWN, the candidate in the Republican Mayoral Primary Election backed by the Republican City Committee (RCC), regardless of their personal political beliefs – which may possibly amount to unlawful political activity
§ That the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) as an illicit alliance with the RCC, led by MEEHAN and CANUSO, and violates civil service employment policies to provide the RCC “patronage jobs” with the PPA.
§ That the PPA board selection process is wrought with patronage and heavily favours politically-active associates of the RCC.
§ That this political patronage at the PPA constitutes waste, fraud, and abuse hindering the responsible financial management and performance of the PPA, effects the revenue the PPA is supposed to generate for the Commonwealth and City of
, and its stakeholders. Philadelphia
We therefore hope that upon the signing of the petition, that the State Attorney General initiate an investigation into these allegations forthwith.