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Sat Mar 18, 2023, 07:50 PM

PA: Allegheny County Exec Candidate Fawcett Calls Out Weinstein For "Abusing Public Trust"

As questions begin to grow about Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein’s role on a local sewer board, another Democratic candidate for County Executive teed off on new revelations and accused Weinstein of “abusing his public trust.”

Dave Fawcett, a trial lawyer and former County Council member, held a press conference on Friday and 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,” said Fawcett. “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.”


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