In the latest in this string of events, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton returned a $1,000 contribution from the Friends of Ed Pawlowski, according to a report by the Morning Call.
Two weeks ago, FBI agents raided Allentown City Hall and served subpoenas to Pawlowski and members of his staff. The FBI has said they were searching for records relating to city contracts and Pawlowski campaign donors in connection with a grand jury investigation.
On July 6, Pawlowski suspended his campaign to focus on the FBI investigation.
“My desire to help change Washington is taking a back seat to doing the job I was elected to do,” Pawlowski said in a statement. “We will reevaluate the race for United States Senate once we have a more clear picture of any potential concerns with Allentown’s government.”
Three months ago, Pawlowski had a legitimate chance to face off against Pat Toomey for the Senator’s seat in Washington. A poll conducted shortly after his campaign announcement showed Pawlowski with 12%, a decent start against the somewhat unwelcome Democratic candidate Joe Sestak.
The FBI has also searched Reading City Hall and questioned Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer in connection to city contracts and donors. Political consultant, and Pawlowski Senate campaign manager, Mike Fleck reportedly wore a wire for the FBI investigation while speaking with the mayors.