Pennsylvania mayor convicted of selling office

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 1, 2018 6:25 PM

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski walks from the federal courthouse in Philadelphia after a pretrial hearing, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. Pawlowski has denied accusations that he accepted more than $150,000 in campaign contributions in exchange for city contracts. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Allentown) -- A Pennsylvania mayor has been convicted of selling his office to campaign donors.

Jurors on Thursday convicted Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski of 47 of the 54 charges he faced.

The verdict means the Democrat must leave office. He began a fourth term in January.

Federal prosecutors alleged Pawlowski strong-armed city vendors to contribute to his failed campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate. The mayor's political consultants cooperated with the government and recorded hundreds of conversations with him. Several city workers and vendors who pleaded guilty testified against the mayor.

Pawlowski took the stand in his own defense and denied orchestrating a pay-to-play scheme.

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