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Wolf supports investigation into DNC spending

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | May 15, 2017 9:26 PM

Balloons and confetti are cleaned up after the Democratic National Convention. Now, some of the spending related to the event is being called into question. (Photo by AP)


(Harrisburg) -- When Philadelphia hosted the Democratic National Convention last summer, the commonwealth donated a $10 million taxpayer-funded grant to help finance it.

The Host Committee ended up with a $4 million surplus. None of that money made it back to the state, however, which has prompted several state officials to push for an audit.

Out of the surplus, about a million dollars went to bonuses for employees of the Host Committee.

Former Governor Ed Rendell, a Democrat, chaired the panel, and confirmed those numbers to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He called the bonuses "appropriate."

But state lawmakers aren't so sure.

Senate President Pro Tempore, Republican Joe Scarnati, kicked off a call for the state Auditor General to investigate the DNC's spending.

Governor Tom Wolf now says he's also on board, saying that "there are a lot of questions about what did happen with the surplus," and that "the integrity [of the committee] is something that people question."

An independent audit already concluded the spending wasn't inappropriate. 

In a statement, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he hadn't yet received the necessary documents, but intends to conduct his own review of the situation as soon as possible.

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