Report: DNC Committee Promised to Give Leftover Funds to Charity

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Photo: Dan McQuade

The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention had pledged to donate money left over after the event to charity, according to a report published by Philly.com this weekend.

But the committee used about $1 million of that surplus money to hand out bonus checks (ranging between about $13,000 and $220,000) to its own staff (which was offered weekly salaries) last November.
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Philly DNC Host Committee Gave Out $1 Million in Staff, Volunteer Bonuses

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Photo: Dan McQuade

The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention handed out about $1 million in bonus checks to staff and volunteers after the event wrapped up last summer.

The bonuses, pulled from funds left over after the convention, were distributed in November. Former Gov. Ed Rendell, who chaired the Host Committee, told Philly.com that he’d planned to hand out bonuses to committee staff all along – provided the committee had enough money left over afterward.  Read more »

Rendell Endorses Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller

Courtesy of Rebecca Rhynhart's campaign

Courtesy of Rebecca Rhynhart’s campaign

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has endorsed Rebecca Rhynhart in the race for Philadelphia City Controller.

Rhynhart, 42, stepped down from her role as Mayor Jim Kenney’s chief administrative officer shortly before she announced her run against third-term incumbent Alan Butkovitz last December.  Read more »

Philly’s Biggest Losers of 2016

Background image by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

Background image by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

Now that the last shreds of wrapping paper have been vacuumed up and the good dishes are finally put away, we revisit our time-honored tradition of taking a look back at the year and the losers, miscreants, and ne’er-do-wells it spawned. (For a more optimistic view of Philadelphia, consider Holly Otterbein‘s Biggest Winners of 2016.)

Ed Rendell

The once-lovable former champion of the everyman now spends his time being largely irrelevant and making facepalm-worthy comments in places like the Washington Post. But when you’re pulling in a cool $5,000 each month to do virtually nothing for a casino in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you probably don’t care. Read more »

As Philly’s Ex-Mayors Stump for Clinton, Some Ask: “Who?”

Ed Rendell, John Street, Wilson Goode

Ed Rendell, John Street and Wilson Goode pose with Philadelphians under the Clothespin on Monday | Photo: Dan McQuade

“Look at this white cat down there dressed like a gangsta?! Whatever, I’m going to go get my photo taken with Mayor Street.”

I’m standing on the steps under the Clothespin, where three former Philadelphia mayors are holding court. The man behind me is talking about Ed Rendell, who’s dressed in a blue power suit and shaking hands with people as they come down the steps. “Don’t forget to vote tomorrow!” he says to a man who brushes by him. Wilson Goode is there, too, dressed to the nines. Then there’s John Street, who is wearing a leather jacket with the Super Bowl XXIX logo on it.

This is a Murderer’s Row of Philadelphia politicians, three men who were mayor for a combined 24 years. And a lot of people didn’t know who they were. And why not? Only Rendell ran for elected office after leaving the mayoral office, and it’s been nearly six years since he left the governor’s office. So there are good reasons why commuters — who just wanted to get back on the El for the first time in a week — didn’t stop to recognize three former Philadelphia mayors standing together.

Still, it was pretty funny. Read more »

Here’s Who Funded the Democratic National Convention in Philly

President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Those who are still wondering who funded the Democratic National Convention in Philly this past July are finally getting some answers.

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Midge and Ed Rendell Are Finally Getting Divorced

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Midge and Ed Rendell at Tom Corbett’s inauguration in January 2011. Photograph by Matt Rourke/AP

On Friday, as the rest of us were trying to decide whether to give in to Hermine hysteria, a lawyer for the Hon. Marjorie “Midge” Rendell was busy filing divorce papers against Ed Rendell at the Montgomery County Courthouse. Read more »

Rendell: Disband Clinton Foundation (If Hillary Wins)

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Ed Rendell has been an enjoyable sideshow this campaign season: He’s essentially retired from politics — he’s not going to run for anything again — so he’s pretty much allowed to say whatever he wants. He can go off message. He can say “there are some things that Donald Trump talks about that do have a germ of reason or a germ of truth,” or mention on a radio show the FBI’s findings have damaged Clinton, or he can tell Buzzfeed the Democrats are $10 million short for the DNC. Rendell has commented several times to Buzzfeed, in fact! He is the world’s oldest millennial.

Today, Rendell is talking to the New York Daily News about the Clinton Foundation. Read more »

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