State lawmaker charged with using her office for financial gain

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 12, 2014 10:32 AM



(Harrisburg) -- A state lawmaker is facing allegations of using her elected office for political and financial gain.

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane is filing charges against Democratic Senator Leanna Washington and says the evidence will show the Philadelphia Democrat pressured her staff into performing political activities using taxpayer dollars for her own personal benefit. 

An email from the Associated Press to Washington's lawyer wasn't immediately returned. 

Kane says some state employees in Washington's offices devoted weeks or months to organizing an annual political fundraiser. 

Agents searched Washington's Philadelphia and Montgomery County offices in October, seeking evidence of political activity. Washington has said through her lawyer that the search was triggered by a disgruntled former employee who was fired earlier in 2013. 

Using taxpayer-paid resources to aid campaign or political activity is illegal.

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