All of a sudden, it's no-limit Indian poker:
Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph M. James initially ruled that Wagner could not use the money he raised to campaign for governor in 2010 and during his campaign for auditor general, a position he held from 2005 to 2013.
But Wagner's attorney, Edward Friedman, introduced additional evidence following that ruling, including two checks that Lamb donated to his own campaign in December — one for $2,000 and one for $50,000. Those donations triggered another part of the city's campaign finance law, voiding the donation limits for all candidates, James ruled. (Trib, Adam Brandolph)
The judge enforced the law, but Lamb's curious $52,000 contribution to himself earlier triggered a voiding of the limits in this race.
Wagner alleges the law was simply poorly written, so the next question should be whether he himself thinks limiting campaign spending is important, and what he would do to fix it...
In any event, if a necessary loophole in the law was cagily exploited (using one's "own" money being an inalienable right, even it is "Controller" money) the voters can just close it themselves.
RECOMMENDED: Jon Delano, KDKA.
In other news, Councilman Patrick Dowd has endorsed:
“Never before has it been more crucial for city and county government to work shoulder to shoulder on issues such as water and sewer system reinvestment, transportation and economic development,” Dowd states as the foundation for his endorsement. (BillPeduto.com)
Dowd's prior hesitations and reservations about Peduto (and about the blogs sometimes) are already on record, but the guy has his head screwed on right. He always has. His vote of confidence in Peduto's ability to bring people together is valuable. A mayor's capacity to innovate and invest successfully is important, and that takes not only political courage and ability but enormous amounts of trust and confidence.
The kind of leadership the Mayor's office lacks, as a unit, right now.