Steve Fuhs, failed candidate for the State Senate last year and fan of right wing Republican talking points, lost his City Council seat in Reading last week. We’ll miss Mr. Fuhs’ ridiculous and extreme stands on Council but mostly his atrociously reported campaign finance reports. The man seems incapable of running a legal political campaign. When Fuhs ran for the Senate against Sen. Mike O’Pake in 2008 he received $30,000 from an anonymous contributor. At least Tom Nordhoy, President of Strategic Reports Inc. was anonymous prior to the election.
The entire purpose of campaign finance law is to require openness so voters can determine to whom a candidate is indebted. It does help to know who owns each of our lawmakers so we can understand whom they are screwing. Steve Fuhs failed to file his campaign finance report due the second Friday before the election however. When I discovered his yard signs had been for by Strategic Reports Incorporated I published this serious breach of the law. Corporations are not allowed to make direct contributions to candidates. They can create political action committees (PAC’s) and contribute however.
Fuhs finally filed his report AFTER the election and disclosed the $30,000 contribution as being from a mysterious PAC called Berks Business Executives for Accountable Government. The problem then was that there was no such PAC registered in Pennsylvania. Another serious violation and another blatant attempt to hide from voters the true source of his campaign cash. Thirty grand is a hefty sum and it financed almost all of Fuhs’ campaign. Well, not all. It seems Steve Fuhs didn’t report all of what Tom Nordhoy did for him in that campaign. Once the owner of Strategic Reports got around to filing his PAC report he revealed another $4000 provided to the Fuhs campaign for radio advertisements and robo calls.
Fuhs has never reported that $4000 in “in kind” contributions as required by law. That entire Senate campaign was riddled with egregious legal failings for the sole purpose of hiding critical information from voters in violation of law. Exactly who is Tom Nordhoy? Fuhs’ boss. Steve Fuhs is the only recipient of contributions from Berks Business Executives For Accountable Government and Nordhoy its sole benefactor. It is a sham PAC designed to violate the public trust.
The Pennsylvania Department of State slapped Steve Fuhs on the wrist and this is a great example of why we need serious reform in the matter of campaign finance law. The penalties for such egregious misbehavior should be banishment from running for political office ever again. This amount of fraud should be felonious. Fortunately the people of Reading evicted him from his Council seat last week. Have we heard the last from this political extremist? I fear not which is why I’m publishing this complete list of his horrid disregard for the law. No one who willfully violates the law and willfully deceives the voters deserves to sit in public service.