Specifically, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski (D) was found guilty earlier this week of 47 criminal charges of “conspiracy…bribery, attempted extortion, false statements to federal officials, honest services fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud.” He also reportedly changed city contracts “in order to raise money for his campaigns for Mayor.”
As of now, a date for sentencing has not been set. When it does eventually come, he faces 20 years in prison for each count of corruption. Until that day arrives, though, he’ll be free on bail.
Unsurprisingly, Pawlowski and his wife were both devastated by the verdict. According to reports, he cried upon hearing the verdict and she collapsed in the hallway.
Their outburst, however, was immediately criticized by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Wzorek, who stated, “this type of behavior is not acceptable. If they don’t have it of their own mind to think this is unacceptable, we will be watching, and the FBI will be doing investigations and will root out corruption.”
Although Pawlowski’s misconduct is undoubtedly reprehensible, sadly, it’s not entirely shocking. This is because the Democratic Party is full of unethical individuals.
Earlier this year, for instance, detectives with the New York Police Department arrested Juliet Germanotta, a 36-year-old transgender Democrat campaigning against Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), and charged her with “third-degree grand larceny” for stealing an “18-karat yellow gold Zambian emerald and diamond ring” worth $4,800 from Mikaelians Jewelry in New York City.
According to reports, Germanotta, who describes herself as a “proud transgender woman” and “ordained minister” had ordered the ring from the jewelry shop back in September 2017. Upon receiving it, however, she complained that it wasn’t to her liking and told them that she would be returning it.
But, rather than send them the real ring, she decided to send them a “phony” one worth about $10. The jewelry experts at the shop, though, weren’t fooled by her obvious scam and promptly reported her to the local police.
After returning the fake ring, Germanotta then sold the real one to an unsuspecting buyer, who learned that it was stolen upon having it appraised.
When law enforcement officials finally caught up with her and questioned her about the theft, she reportedly confessed to the crime and was subsequently placed in handcuffs.
Several weeks prior to Germanotta’s arrest, a Democratic mayor in Florida was also busted for corruption.
Specifically, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) signed an executive order earlier this month officially suspending Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper (D). He did so shortly after the FBI charged her with felony “campaign finance violations, official misconduct, and money laundering“ for using bribe money that she laundered to illegally fund her re-election campaign.
According to reports, the FBI investigation into Cooper first began back in May 2012 when two undercover agents acting as wealthy landowners created a fake real estate company.
After doing so, they then hired Alan Koslow, a South Florida attorney and lobbyist, to reach out to Cooper and set up a meeting to negotiate a development deal in her area.
Upon meeting with Cooper in the mayor’s office at City Hall, Koslow, who had no idea the two wealthy landowners were actually undercover agents, told her that they would be willing to help fund her re-election campaign in exchange for her help getting a construction project approved through the city commission. They then agreed on a dollar amount and concluded the meeting.
A month later, the agents met with Koslow and reportedly handed him a “Dunkin’ Donuts bag filled with $100 bills totaling $8,000,” which was the first installment. Before doing so, though, the officers first made sure to get him to acknowledge that he “would channel these funds” to Cooper’s re-election campaign in exchange for her support with their fake construction project.
Since there’s a $500 limit on local campaign contributions, Koslow explained that in order to get around the limits, he was going to have to use their money and his connections to two Russian organizations to have a bunch of checks written to her campaign. A short time later, he followed through with the proposed crime and had roughly 20 $500 checks mailed to Cooper’s re-election campaign, which she ended up winning.
Despite the incident occurring in 2012, it took more than five years for Cooper to finally be arrested. This is because, shortly after the election, the agents revealed their identities to Koslow and turned him into an undercover assistant to help them investigate other politicians and lobbyists in exchange for a plea deal.
After their investigation was complete, they then sentenced Koslow to a year in prison. Once out, Koslow then agreed to give “a critical statement in the investigation into Cooper’s alleged misconduct.” Upon receiving his statement, the FBI then went out and arrested the corrupt mayor.
Unethical conduct of any kind must not be tolerated. Hopefully, Pawlowski is ultimately punished as harshly as possible to deter others from engaging in similar conduct in the future.