Corbett made over a hundred calls (that can be documented) from his campaign funded cell phone to taxpayer funded staff at the Office of Attorney General while they were on state time in their taxpayer funded offices. (Patriot News 2/5/10)
Based on Corbett's very own broad interpretation of the Habay decision, these phone calls show that Corbett is violating the very same laws he has indicted and prosecuted multiple state legislators and their staff members for breaking.
In a cynical move to avoid being prosecuted himself, Corbett, his campaign and his crack legal team have repeatedly said that, while those phone calls were made from a campaign cell phone, the calls were not campaign calls. Rather, the calls were official taxpayer business.
Here is Fina last Friday regarding the legality of Corbett using his campaign funded phone to conduct anything other than campaign business:
"Using a campaign telephone to call home, to call for a pizza, to call your office to check in or to call your mother is not a crime." (Post Gazette 4/17/10)Well, Frank, you're wrong. Here is Charlie Young, the official spokesperson of the Pennsylvania Department of State, saying how wrong you are:
“If they’re using campaign funds for anything other than to influence the outcome of an election, then they’re violating campaign finance and reporting law.” (Norristown Times Herald 4/19/10)It doesn't take a genius to read this statute and understand how very right the Department of State is and how very wrong Frank Fina is, but don't take our word for it. Read it for yourself.
Section 1634.1 of the Pennsylvania election Code, 25 P.S 3254.1 provides that:
No candidate, chairman or treasurer of any political committee shall make or agree to make any expenditure or incur any liability except as provided in Section 1621 (d)."Expenditure" is defined in Section 1621(d) of the Election Code as follows:
(1) the payment, distribution, loan or advancement of money or any valuable thing by a candidate, political committee or other person for the purpose of influencing the outcome of an election; (2) the payment, distribution, loan, advance or transfer of money or other valuable thing between or among political committees; (3) the providing of a service or other valuable thing for the purpose of influencing the outcome of a nomination or election of any person to any public office to be voted for in this Commonwealth; or (4) the payment or providing money or other valuable thing by any person other than a candidate or political committee, to compensate any person for services rendered to a candidate or political committee.We are shocked that an Ivy League educated attorney like Fina can't read this fairly simple law correctly. That's why we're pretty certain Corbett's taxpayer funded campaign manager Brian Nutt or his taxpayer funded spokesman Kevin Harley are pulling his strings on this.
We wonder if Fina will continue selling out to Corbett's political ambitions or if he'll listen to his conscience and report Corbett, Nutt and Harley to the US Department of Justice.