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Campaign finances of Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer being investigated

Published On: Mar 11 2013 04:47:09 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 11 2013 09:23:34 AM EDT

Probe into Spencer's campaign finances


The campaign finances of Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer are being investigated, a Berks County Commissioner confirmed.

Commissioner Christian Leinbach said the commissioners, as part of the election board, voted during late fall to proceed with an investigation into the campaign finances of Spencer.

Leinbach said information about a $30,000 contribution from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Philadelphia made to the Spencer campaign was brought to the board's attention. 


The IBEW is an electric workers union. He said subsequent checks for $10,000 were then written to the Bill Rubin and Bill Green campaigns in Philadelphia from the Spencer campaign. Rubin and Green were running for Philadelphia City Council.

Leinbach said the probe began because of a law in Philadelphia that limits the amount of money that can be contributed to council candidates by organizations like the IBEW.  He said the IBEW had already maxed out the contributions given to Rubin and Green, which made the $10,000 donations suspicious.

An attorney was brought in to do interviews of several people involved in the probe, according to Leinbach.  He said commissioners are now waiting for a recommendation from the attorney on how to proceed.  If the attorney suggests there was any wrongdoing, Leinbach said the board would turn over the investigation to the proper authorities. He said that information should come in the next 30 days.

Leinbach stressed that at this time the investigation is not yet complete.

A call to Mayor Vaughn Spencer was not returned.