Amid FBI probe, Allentown bars donors from no-bid contracts

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 8, 2015 12:01 PM

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(Allentown) -- Allentown's City Council has passed an anti-pay-to-play ordinance amid an FBI probe into city contracting. 

Today's measure bars campaign contributors from receiving no-bid contracts and city financial assistance worth more than $2,500. 

FBI agents raided City Hall this past July. They seized computers and cellphones and requested hundreds of documents related to more than two dozen people and businesses. 

Allentown property owner Ramzi Haddad pleaded guilty last month to a charge of conspiring to bribe a public official. 

The new ordinance applies to anyone contributing more than $250 in a calendar year to an elected city official or candidate and to donors' family, business associates and subcontractors. 

An ordinance passed last month requires council approval for professional services contracts totaling more than $40,000.  

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