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02/06/2020

Final Adjudications Issued

Order No. 145-SL 
Westmoreland Economic Dev
Initiative for Growth
Registered Principal
Leechburg, PA  15656

ORDER SUMMARY:

1. Westmoreland Economic Dev Initiative for Growth, in its capacity as a principal registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State (“Department of State”) under principal registration number “P42370,” violated Section 13A05 of Pennsylvania’s lobbying disclosure law (“Lobbying Disclosure Law”), 65 Pa.C.S. § 13A05, when it failed to timely file with the Department of State either a quarterly expense report or a statement of failure to meet the reporting threshold for the first quarter of 2019.

2. The violation of the Lobbying Disclosure Law outlined in paragraph 1 immediately above is deemed to be negligent in nature.

3. Pursuant to Section 13A09(c) of the Lobbying Disclosure Law, 65 Pa.C.S. § 13A09(c), this Commission hereby levies one administrative penalty against Westmoreland Economic Dev Initiative for Growth in the total amount of $18,700.00, calculated as follows: $50 per day for the first ten days its first quarter 2019 expense report or statement of failure to meet the reporting threshold was delinquent, plus  $100.00 per day for the next ten days its first quarter 2019 expense report or statement of failure to meet the reporting threshold was delinquent, plus $200 per day for the remaining 86 days its first quarter 2019 expense report or statement of failure to meet the reporting threshold was delinquent (10 days x $50.00 + 10 days x $100.00 + 86 x $200.00 = $18,700.00).

4. Westmoreland Economic Dev Initiative for Growth is ordered to pay the aforesaid administrative penalty in the total amount of $18,700.00 by way of certified check or money order in the amount of $18,700.00 payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission by no later than the thirtieth (30th) day after the mailing date of this Order.

5. Noncompliance with Paragraph 4 of this Order will result in the Commission initiating appropriate enforcement action(s).


Order No. 146-SL 
Common Cause Pa.
Registered Principal
Harrisburg, PA  17102

ORDER SUMMARY:

1. Common Cause Pa., in its capacity as a principal registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State (“Department of State”) under principal registration number “P57436,” violated Section 13A05 of Pennsylvania’s lobbying disclosure law (“Lobbying Disclosure Law”), 65 Pa.C.S. § 13A05, when it failed to timely file with the Department of State either a quarterly expense report or a statement of failure to meet the reporting threshold for the second quarter of 2019.

2. The violation of the Lobbying Disclosure Law outlined in paragraph 1 immediately above is deemed to be negligent in nature.

3. Pursuant to Section 13A09(c) of the Lobbying Disclosure Law, 65 Pa.C.S. § 13A09(c), this Commission hereby levies one administrative penalty against Common Cause Pa. in the total amount of $19,900.00, calculated as follows: $50 per day for the first ten days its second quarter 2019 expense report or statement of failure to meet the reporting threshold was delinquent, plus  $100.00 per day for the next ten days its second quarter 2019 expense report or statement of failure to meet the reporting threshold was delinquent, plus $200 per day for the remaining 92 days its second quarter 2019 expense report or statement of failure to meet the reporting threshold was delinquent (10 days x $50.00 + 10 days x $100.00 + 92 x $200.00 = $19,900.00).

4. Common Cause Pa. is ordered to pay the aforesaid administrative penalty in the total amount of $19,900.00 by way of certified check or money order in the amount of $19,900.00 payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission by no later than the thirtieth (30th) day after the mailing date of this Order.

5. Noncompliance with Paragraph 4 of this Order will result in the Commission initiating appropriate enforcement action(s).


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