“I am disappointed that when the host committee discovered there was a surplus, the first call was not to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania to discuss returning the money to the taxpayers,” Wolf said in a statement.
Almost $1 million of the surplus was spent on bonuses for staff and volunteers, according to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The bonuses ranged from $500 to interns and volunteers, to $310,000 to Executive Director and Treasurer Kevin Washo.
The Host Committee was chaired by former Governor and DNC Chair Ed Rendell.
Pennsylvania donated $10 million to the committee. An independent audit of the committee showed the money was spent in accordance with the contract between the state and the committee. Wolf wants the Auditor General’s office to take a second look at the committee’s books.
“We welcome everyone to review the audit,” Host Committee spokesperson Anna Adams-Sarthou said in a statement.
“We’re confident in our accounting and the fact that we spent the state money appropriately.”