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Argall campaign seeks criminal probe of Rich campaign ads

Published April 02. 2012 05:02PM

Sen. Dave Argall today called for an immediate investigation into a recent media buy made by Waste Management and Processors, a corporation owned by his opponent Brian Rich and other members of the Rich family.

"As a citizen of the 29th Senatorial District, I am a strong believer that everyone must follow the law and that includes Brian Rich," said Argall. "Today I am calling for a full investigation into the illegal use of campaign dollars by Brian Rich and one of his corporations, Waste Management and Processors Inc. It is with blatant intent that Brian Rich illegally used corporate money to impact this election by negatively attacking me.

"Brian Rich and his company appear to be in clear violation of the Pennsylvania Election Code which expressly prohibits corporate political donations and prescribes criminal penalties and fines associated with such a violation" Argall said. The Code states in part that: Any corporation or unincorporated association, which shall pay, give or lend or agree to pay, give or lend any money belonging to such corporation or unincorporated association or in its custody or control, in violation of the provisions of the (code) shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

"Brian Rich is not above the law and I believe a formal investigation by the District Attorney will find Rich illegally interfered with a free and fair election," concluded Argall. "Corporate dollars used in an effort to buy this Senate seat or any Senate seat is illegal and must be stopped."

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