It will be interesting to see what kind of penalty is imposed

Article posted on May 7, 2017

A lot of people took advantage of the weather today and mowed their lawns; I was one of them.  I also got some office work done in preparation for a busy week.  There was nothing worth mentioning in the Sunday papers.  I saw one budget story and a piece on the Mike Stack investigation with no new information.  There was a story last week about Rep. Brian Sims, a Democrat from Philadelphia, who is under investigation by the State Ethics Commission for accepting about $42,000 of fees for speaking engagements and possibly other violations.  Members of the General Assembly are prohibited from accepting such fees, generally; we are not allowed to profit from our office.  The stories I hear people worrying about are things like someone making a donation of $100 in your name to a charity, if you agree to speak at an event.  This could happen without you even being aware of it, and can create a problem for you.  I can’t imagine someone racking up $42,000 in fees they would receive directly and not realizing that you’re going to get into serious trouble.  The investigation should be done by the end of the month according to the article.  Sims is one of the most liberal members of the House and has been outright nasty to me in the few times we crossed paths.  If the accusation is found to be true, it will be interesting to see what kind of penalty is imposed.


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