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From the Lehigh Valley Project 9/12 Tea Party–Second Amendment Committee



Gun Control Democrats Indicted on Corruption Charges

The many Patriots who fondly remember President Ronald Reagan will probably smile when they recall one his favorite sayings, “There they go again.” The phrase was usually directed at Democrats who were engaged in a foolish maneuver.

The Gipper, a champion of Second Amendment rights, would surely be saying that right now, after learning that two Pennsylvania city politicians — one a current member of Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, no less, and one a former member—have been charged with violations of federal public corruption laws.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office named Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and former Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer in charging documents after multi-year investigations, the Justice Department announced this week, according to a posting on

Pawlowski, 52, was hit with more than 50 charges ranging from bribery to conspiracy and allegedly accepted over $150,000 in campaign contributions in exchange for favors in a series of complex “pay to play” schemes. Spencer, 70, received a dozen similar counts.

“The mayor of Allentown and the former mayor of Reading charged in the two indictments unsealed today sold their offices to the highest bidder—violating the trust and confidence of the citizens of their cities,” U.S. Attorney Louis Lappen said. “Both mayors, working with other corrupt officials and businesspeople, directed lucrative contracts to companies who agreed to provide campaign contributions in exchange for work.”

Both mayors also had a lengthy history of supporting increased regulations on guns and how they are transferred, according to the report. The two Democrats have been vocal members of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization founded in 2006 and is now part of the Everytown group.

Spencer was also a regular speaker at other events sponsored by CeaseFirePA, a radical left-wing area gun control group.

Pawlowski appeared in MAIG ads, frequently posts about gun politics on his social media account, called for expanded background checks on the national level, and last year penned an extensive op-ed in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting that left 49 dead—as usual Pawlowski ignored the fact that the shooting was committed by an Islamic terrorist, and instead blamed the gun lobby for legislative inaction on stronger gun laws.

Both mayors were adamantly opposed to Pennsylvania’s Act 192, a now-vanquished law that allowed civil rights groups to stand in for citizens in suits against local gun laws that were stronger than the state had on the books. Besides speaking publicly against the preemption enforcement measure, they signed on as supporters to challenge to the law in Commonwealth Court, and moved to quickly restore local gun control ordinances once Act 192 was overturned, according to

If they’re found guilty and sentenced, both of these gun-grabbers should have plenty of time in the clink to think about their hatred of the Second Amendment.

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