- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The city planned to award a no-bid contract to a company whose main investor contributed to the mayor’s Senate campaign, according to email records.

City officials were in the process of awarding the contract to a company called Ciiber when the FBI raided City Hall on July 2 as part of a probe into Allentown’s contracting process, according to emails obtained by The Morning Call newspaper through an open-records request (https://bit.ly/1OpKYyI).

New York City developer Jack Rosen, a major Democratic campaign donor, is a key backer of Ciiber, also known as Five C, the newspaper reported. Federal records show Rosen and his family gave $30,000 to the since-suspended Senate campaign of Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

Rosen, his son and Five C are among two dozen people and businesses listed on a subpoena connected to the FBI probe. They have not been accused of wrongdoing.

The mayor has not been charged.

Ciiber, a New York City-based security firm, was scheduled to assess Allentown’s security cameras, police wireless network and vehicle tracking systems in late July, according to the emails turned over to The Morning Call.

Allentown city solicitor Susan Ellis Wild told the newspaper that she canceled the city’s contract with Ciiber on July 16 after the company failed to provide proof of liability insurance.

Another campaign donor, Ramzi Haddad, pleaded guilty last month to giving campaign contributions to Pawlowski in return for favorable treatment from the city. Court documents in that case assert Pawlowski “made clear” to city vendors, including Haddad, that giving campaign cash “was a necessary condition for receiving certain favorable treatment from the city of Allentown.”

The court documents did not identify Pawlowski by name but said the Allentown elected official who demanded campaign contributions from Haddad announced his Senate candidacy on April 17. That’s when Pawlowski entered the race.

Through his attorney, Pawlowski has denied misusing his office while running for Senate.

Pawlowski suspended his Senate campaign on July 6, four days after the FBI raid.


Information from: The Morning Call, https://www.mcall.com

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