WHAT DRIVES BLACK CLERGY P.A.C.? Many Reports Are Unfiled

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BY DAVID LYNN/ Black Clergy PAC does not seem to be filing campaign-finance reports with the Commonwealth or the City of Philadelphia.

According to the Commonwealth Dept. of State Registered Committee List, the Black Clergy PAC is registered as Filer ID# 2009331. Their registered address is 1608 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19146. This would seem to indicate the committee was formed in 2009. This address corresponds to the address of First African Baptist Church, where Rev. Terrence Griffith is pastor.

According to an official at the Philadelphia Co. Board of Elections, campaign-finance reports have not been filed by any entity with a similar name for several years. A Right To Know request filed with the Commonwealth Dept. of State produced one report that was signed on Apr. 15, 2011. Another Right To Know request asking for other documents dating from 2009 through 2012 was denied on the grounds that the Dept. of State did not have the documents in question. The request was appealed to the Commonwealth Right To Know Office, and again denied on the same grounds.

Rev. Griffith was invited to submit information to the Right To Know Office for the appeal. It is unknown whether any representative of Black Clergy PAC submitted any additional information to the Dept. of State concerning the appeal. Rev. Griffith, whose email signature identifies him as President of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity, has indicated he believes Black Clergy PAC is in compliance with all campaign finance statutes.

When given an opportunity to produce copies of the campaign finance reports in question, Rev. Griffith did not produce any reports, instead indicating “Colliers and Heath” may have more information about previously filed campaign-finance statements. No phone number was provided for either individual, and FreePoliticalSpeech.com was not contacted by either.

One campaign finance report was obtained by FreePoliticalSpeech.com. It was not in the form of DSEB-502, but was instead filed as IRS FEC Form 3. It appeared to cover Feb. 1, 2011 to Mar. 31, 2011. This covered part of 2011 cycle 1 and a small part of 2011 cycle 2. It was filed by Robert Collier, Sr. According to the report, Black Clergy PAC received $12,100 during the period filed. The funds came from Nutter for Mayor ($10,600) and Friends of Edward C. Wright Judge ($1,500). Expenses were as follows: Barbara Ford $600 Food Service Catering Charalynn Howard $250 Work Performed For PAC Cailette Stevenson $300 Work Performed For PAC Lillian Henderson $1 Barbara Ford $1 Timothy Henderson $1 Monroe Press, Inc. $4,062.12

Except where indicated, Black Clergy PAC did not describe the expenditures on the report. Also, except in the case of Monroe Press, Inc., no mailing addresses were provided for the entities that received funds from Black Clergy PAC. In addition, all of the expenditures and one of the contributions listed were outside the time frame for which the report was filed.

Finally, total disbursements for the period were listed as $5,512.12, which is not the result one obtains by adding up all disbursements. Cash on hand at the end of the reporting period is listed at $6,588. No outstanding debt was listed.

So, what is known about Black Clergy PAC? According to data published by the Dept. of State and the Philadelphia Board of Ethics, multiple candidates claim to have given money to Black Clergy PAC and similarly named organizations. Contributions totaling $120,653 were made by the following PACs: Black Clergy PAC and similarly named entities from 2000 to 2011. They are as follows:

Committee/Candidate - Amount – Description – Date

GORDON, ROGER COM TO ELECT  $10,000 CONTRIBUTION 11/13/2000

Progress 2000  $50 CONTRIBUTION 2/1/2001

GORDON, ROGER COM TO ELECT  $50 SOCIAL EVENT 2/3/2001

JIMENEZ, NAZARIO FOR MUNICIPAL COURT $1,500  3/7/2001

TRENT, EARL W.  $1,500 CONSULTING/ENDORSEMENT 3/8/2001

FANNING, MICHAEL  $1,500  3/12/2001

DYCH, JOE FOR JUDGE COM  $1,500 PRINTING CAMPAIGN LITERATURE 3/15/2001

RAU, LISA M. COM TO ELECT JUDGE  $1,500 PROMOTION  3/16/2001

JIMENEZ, NAZARIO FOR MUNICIPAL COURT $1,500 ELECTION DAY EXPENSES 4/3/2001

COHEN, DENIS ELECT JUDGE  $1,500 ELECTION DAY EXPENSES-GET OUT THE VOTE 4/3/2001

DEFINO, ROSEMARIE COM TO ELECT  $1,500   CONTRIB  4/4/2001

PEW, WENDY FOR MUNICIPAL CT  $2,000     DONATION 4/20/2001

WOGAN, CHRIS CITIZENS FOR  $200  CONTRIBUTION (EVENT TICKETS) 1/24/2005

SAIDEL, JONATHAN FRIENDS OF           $60 PURCHASE TICKET 2/4/2005

BISHOP, LOUISE CITIZENS FOR  $240 CONTRIBUTION FOR ATTENDANCE AT BLACK CLERGY EVENT 2/16/2005

HEFFLEY, MARILYN FOR JUDGE           $60  TICKET – LOAN TO COMMITTEE 2/19/2005

WILLIAMS, MARVIN L.  $60  BENEFIT  2/19/2005

MULDROW, BEVERLY  $120  event ticket purchase 2/19/2005

The Committee to Elect Sharon Williams Losier $300  INSTALLATION BANQUET  2/25/2005

Friends of LeAnna M. Washington  $500 ELECTION DAY EXPENSES 4/15/2005

BRONSON, GLENN COM TO ELECT  $500  Contribution                                      4/15/2005

The Committee to Elect Sharon Williams Losier $55 LUNCHEON 1/11/2006

GORDON, ROGER COM TO ELECT           $60 LUNCHEON                                     1/12/2006

GORDON, ROGER COM TO ELECT           $60 LUNCHEON                                      2/10/2006

ORDON, ROGER COM TO ELECT          $60                                                 4/13/2006

GORDON, ROGER COM TO ELECT           $26  BIRTHDAY CAKE                                      4/21/2006

GORDON, ROGER COM TO ELECT  $37 LUNCHEON 5/27/2006

GORDON, ROGER COM TO ELECT           $10,000    Contribution 10/26/2006

Keeping America Competitive          $100  CONTRIBUTION                                  3/15/2007

JONES II, C. DARNELL                 $600 Ballot 5/10/2007

Eubanks, Joyce Com To Elect           $600 election day printing 5/10/2007

COLEMAN,GREGORY COM TO ELECT           $600 Donation 5/11/2007

Committee to Elect Ellen Green-Ceisler   $600  BALLOT                                   5/11/2007

BERRY, WILLIS                       $1,000     GOTV printing expense 5/11/2007

Daniel Anders                       $300  contribution 5/11/2007

IRVINE, JONATHAN                       $600 Printing of ballots. 5/11/2007

Friends of Judge John Younge           $600 ELECTION DAY OPERATION 5/11/2007

Committee to Elect Charles Hayden    $600 Donation                                      5/12/2007

Gregory A. Coleman, Esq.           $600  PRINTING COSTS                               5/12/2007

JUDSON, LINDA FOR JUDGE                $600  5/13/2007

Committee to Elect Fran Shields     $75 Ticket to dinner.                               12/4/2008

SEGAL, DAWN A                      $500      CONTRIBUTION                                      5/12/2009

SEGAL, DAWN COM TO ELECT          $500      Endorsement                                      5/13/2009

Committee to Elect Angeles Roca    $500      CONTRIBUTION – GOTV                                5/14/2009

PATRICK, PAULA COM TO ELE    JUDGE TO SUPERIOR CT                $500      Contributions                                      5/14/2009

Committee To Elect    Joseph C. Waters, Jr.          $500      PRINTING COSTS                                5/14/2009

MULDROW, BEVERLY COM TO ELECT          $500      Contribution                                      5/14/2009

ONORATO, DAN FOR GOVERNOR, LLC    $700      CAMPAIGN DONATION                                  5/14/2009

ONORATO, DAN FOR GOVERNOR, LLC    $500      ELECTION DAY BALLOTS                          5/15/2009

ONORATO, DAN FOR GOVERNOR, LLC    $500      ELECTION DAY BALLOTS                          5/15/2009

ONORATO, DAN FOR GOVERNOR, LLC    $500      CONTRIB                                            5/16/2009

NICHOLS, CAROLYN H                $500      GOTV                                            5/17/2009

Friends To Elect    Edward C. Wright Judge          $500      CONTRIBUTION                                      5/18/2009

Ladov,Sayde for Common Pleas Court    $500      ENDORSEMENT FEE                                5/18/2009

COKER, DERRICK W                      $500      ELECTION OPERATION                                5/19/200

Committee To Elect Tom Fitzpatrick    $12,400   DONATION                                     10/22/2010

LEVANT, HARRY J COM TO ELECT JUDGE    $12,400   DONATION                                     10/22/2010

NICHOLS, CAROLYN H                $100      CONTRIBUTION                                     10/26/2010

FRIENDS OF NYCOLE WATSON          $100      CONTRIBUTION                                     10/26/2010

PHILADELPHIA DEM CAMPAIGN COM OF    $15      FUNDRAISER                                      2/12/2011

Friends of Seth Williams          $10,600   Contribution                                      3/29/2011

GREEN, BILL FOR PHILADELPHIA          $1,500    endorsement                                       4/4/2011

Green for Philadelphia                $1,500    BALLOT PRINTING/ADVERTISING                    4/25/2011

Friends of Wayne Johns                $1,500    Endorsement – Election Day ballots              4/25/2011

Friends of Juan F. Ramos          $1,500    Contribution                                      4/25/2011

Friends of Blondell Reynolds Brown    $1,500    ENDORSEMENT / SAMPLE BALLOTS PAID BY CANDIDATE  4/25/2011

Forum 2007                            $1,500    Advertising                                      4/25/2011

Friends of Scott Cummings          $1,500    Ballot Printing                                4/26/2011

David Oh                            $1,500    CONTRIBUTION                                      4/26/2011

FRIENDS OF Alan Butkovitz          $2,500    Contribution                                      4/27/2011

Friends of Seth Williams          $1,500    Election Exp                                      4/28/2011

Forum 2007                            $1,500    donation                                      4/29/2011

Friends of Andy Toy                $1,500    BALLOT PRINTING                                 5/1/2011

Friends of Blondell Reynolds Brown    $1,500                                               5/1/2011

Friends of Cindy Bass                $1,500    CONTRIBUTION                                       5/2/2011

Friends of Curtis Jones, Jr.          $1,500    Election Day expenses/printing                     5/3/2011

Friends of Darrell L. Clarke          $1,500    Contribution                                       5/3/2011

Friends of Jannie L. Blackwell    $500      Printing of ballots                                 5/3/2011

FRIENDS Of Marian B Tasco          $1,500    Advertisement                                       5/5/2011

Kenney For Council      $500      CONTRIBUTION                                       5/6/2011

Nutter for Mayor                      $250      CITY WIDE BALLOT ELECTION DAY EXPENSE               5/9/2011

David Oh                            $5,000    GOTV                                            5/13/2011

Frank Rizzo ’11 Committee          $1,000    EVENT                                            7/25/2011

Friends of Maria                      $500     Fundraiser/Golf Outing                          7/25/2011

Green for Philadelphia                $75     event ticket                                      9/30/2011

Friends of Cheri Honkala          $200     LUNCHEON – DINNER                                (no date)

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