The City of Pittsburgh’s Ethics Hearing Board has a reminder for candidates running for city office: Don’t forget to follow the law.
It’s unclear whether that will compel a change in behavior by mayoral candidate Darlene Harris in advance the May 16 Democratic primary.
In a Wednesday press release titled “Ethics Board Reminds City Government Candidates to File Finance Reports,” the board called attention to a 2015 ordinance requiring candidates to provide the board monthly reports about financial activity, “on the first business day of each of the five months prior to Election Day.”
This is the first local election cycle in which the rules have taken effect. And at a board meeting earlier this month, says Executive Manager Linda King, “It was decided that because the law was so new, we assumed that people who didn’t file might be unaware of it.”
That may be an optimistic…