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its members to collect, receive or disburse money for any such purpose. All money collected or received Recelpts. by any political committee or by any of its members, for election expenses, shall be paid over and made to pass through the hands of the treasurer of such com- Disbursemento. mittee, and shall be disbursed by him; and it shall be unlawful for any political committee or any of its members to disburse any money for election expenses, unless such money shall have passed through the hands of the treasurer.
Section 3. No person who is not a candidate, or the treasurer of a political committee, shall pay, give or lend, or agree to pay, give or lend, any money or other valuable thing, whether contributed by himself or by contributions for any other person, for any election expenses whatever, except to a candidate or to a political committee; and no officer of any corporation, whether incorporated under the laws of this or any other State or any foreign country, except corporations formed for political purposes, shall pay, give or lend, or authorize to be paid, given or lent, any money or other valuable thing belonging to such corporation to any candidate or to any political committee, for the payment of any election expenses whatever.
Section 4. No candidate, and no treasurer of any political committee, shall pay, give or lend, or agree to pay, give or lend, either directly or indirectly, any money or other valuable thing for any nomination or election expenses whatever, except for the following purposes: First. For printing and traveling expenses, and
personal expenses incident thereto, stationery, advertising, postage, expressage, freight, telegraph, telephone, and public messenger services.
Second. For dissemination of information to the public.
Third. For political meetings, demonstrations and conventions, and for the pay and transportation of speakers.
Fourth. For the rent, maintenance and furnishing of offices.
Fifth. For the payment of clerks, typewriters, stenographers, janitors, and messengers, actually em. ployed.
Sixth. For the employment of watchers at primary meetings and elections, to the number allowed by law.
Seventh. For the transportation of voters to and from the polls.
Eighth. For legal expenses, bona fide incurred, in connection with any nomination or election.
Section 5. Every candidate for nomination at any When expendiprimary election, caucus, or convention, whether nomi. exceed $50.00. nated thereat or not, shall, within fifteen days after
Candidates and treasurers to file detailed account.
the same was held, if the amount received or expended shall exceed the sum of fifty dollars, and every candidate for election, and every treasurer of a political committee, or person acting as such treasurer, shall, within thirty days after every election at which such candidate was voted for, or with which such political committee was concerned, if the amount received or expended shall exceed the sum of fifty dollars,-file with the officers hereinafter specified a full, true and detailed account, subscribed and sworn or affirmed to by him, before an officer authorized to administer oaths, setting forth each and every sum of money contributed, received or disbursed by him for election expenses, the date of each contribution, receipt and disbursement, the name of the person from whom received or to whom paid, and the object or purpose for which the same was disbursed. Such account shall also set forth the unpaid debts and obligations of any such candidate or committee for election expenses, with the nature and amount of each, and to whom owing. In the case of candidates for election, who have previously filed accounts as candidates for nomination, the accounts shall only include contributions, receipts and disbursements subsequent to the date of such prior accounts. If the aggregate receipts or disbursements of a candidate or political committee, in connection with any nomination or election, shall not exceed fifty dollars, the treasurer of the committee or candidate shall, within thirty days after the election, certify that fact, under oath, to the officer with whom the statement is filed, as hereinafter provided.
Section 6. Every such account shall be accompanied by vouchers for all sums expended exceeding ten dol. lars in amount. It shall be unlawful for any candidate, or treasurer of a political committee, or person acting as such treasurer, to disburse any money received from any anonymous source.
Every such account, concerning expenses incurred by, or in regard to, candidates for offices to be voted for by the electors of the State at large, shall be filed with the Secretary of the Commonwealth; and every such account, concerning expenses incurred by, or in regard to, candidates for other offices, shall be filed with the clerk of the court of quarter sessions of the several counties where ich candid tes may respectively reside: Provided, That if any account concerns expenses in regard to candidates who do not all reside in the same county, such accounts shall be filed in each county in which any such candidate (not being a candidate for an office to be voted for by the electors of the State at large), resides.
Section 7. It shall be unlawful to administer the oath of office to any person elected to any public
When not in excess of $50.00.
With whom accounts shall be filed.
Oath not to be administered until account is filed,
Inspection and preservation of
Audit of accounts,
office, until he has filed an account as required by this act, and no such person shall enter upon the duties of his office until he has filed such account, nor shall he receive any salary for any period prior to the filing of the same.
Section 8. All such accounts shall be open to public inspection in the offices wbere they are filed, and shall accounts. be carefully preserved there for a period of two years.
Section 9. Within twenty days after the last day for the filing of any account required by this act, any five electors of the State, or of the political division thereof concerning which any such account has been filed, may present a petition to the court of quarter sessions of the county in which the office where such account has been filed is situated, praying for an audit of such account. The court shall thereupon direct the officer or officers with whom such account has been filed to certify the same to the court for audit, and may, in its discretion, re
Security for costs. quire security to be entered for costs. The court may, in its discretion, appoint an auditor to audit said account; but the fees of such auditor shall not exceed the sum of ten dollars a day for each day actually engaged. The court or auditor shall fix a date, as Meeting. early as may be convenient, for the audit; at which time the person by whom such account has been filed shall be required to be present in person, to vouch his account, and answer, on oath or affirmation, all such relevant questions concerning same as may be put to him by the petitioners or their counsel. The audi
Subpoenas. tor shall issue subpoenas to all parties whom the petitioner or the accountant may require to give evidence concerning such account, and he shall determine, subject to exception, all questions as to the admissibility Evidence to be of evidence, and shall file a copy of the evidence with his report. If, upon the audit, the court shall decide that the account was false in any substantial manner, or that any illegal election expenses were incurred, the costs of said audit shall be paid by the accountant; costs. but, otherwise, by the petitioners. Section 10. The decision of the court upon the audit
Appeal. shall be subject to appeal; but if the court shall decide that any candidate who has been elected has incurred any illegal election expenses, or has consented to the incurring of any illegal election expenses by any person or committee, the court shall cer
Certifying decitify its decision to the Attorney General, who shall sion to the attorthereupon cause a writ of quo warranto to be issued; and if, upon proceedings under such writ of quo warranto, it shall be decided that the candidate in question has incurred any illegal election expenses, or has consented to the incurring of illegal election expenses by any person or committee, his election shall be de
Disposition of the
Proceedings under writ of quo warranto.
Certifying decision to district attorney.
clared void and his office vacant: Provided, That in the case of candidates elected to the office of Senator or Representative in the General Assembly, the decision of the court shall be certified to the President of the Senate or to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the case may be: And provided further, That in the case of any candidate elected to the office of member of the House of Representatives of the United States, the decision of the court shall be certified to the Governor of this Commonwealth, who shall transmit the same to the Speaker of the said House of Representatives.
Section 11. If the court shall decide, upon the audit, that any person, whether a candidate or not, has in. curred illegal election expenses, or has otherwise violated any of the provisions of this act, it shall certify its decision to the district attorney of the county in which such person may reside, and it shall there. upon be the duty of such district attorney to institute criminal proceedings against such person.
Section 12. No person shall be excused from anQuestions must be swering any question, in any proceedings under this
act, on the ground that such answer would tend to incriminate him; but no such answer shall be used as evidence against such person in any criminal action or prosecution whatever, except in an action for perjury in giving such testimony.
Section 13. The Secretary of the Commonwealth shall, shall suppig blank at the expense of the Commonwealth, furnish to the
County Commissioners blanks, in the form approved by the Secretary and Attorney General, suitable for the statements hereinbefore required. On the receipt of the list of candidates for public offices, before a caucus or primary, or upon the filing of a nomination, before a municipal election, the County Commissioners shall transmit to the candidate or candidates put in nomination, or at said primaries, and to the treasurers of political committees, the blanks above de. scribed. Upon the filing of a nomination for a State or National election, the Secretary of the Common. wealth shall transmit to the candidate or candidates put in nomination, and to the treasurer of the political committees, the blanks above described. To any person required to file a statement, such blank shall be furnished upon application therefor.
Section 14. Any person who shall incur any illegal election expenses, or otherwise violate any of the
provisions of this act, shall be guilty of a misdeViolation of this
meanor; and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than fifty dollars or more than one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment for not less than one month or more than two years, either or both, at the discretion of the court,
Secretary of the
Section 15. All laws and parts of laws inconsistent Repeal herewith be and the same hereby are repealed. APPROVED—The 5th day of March A. D. 1906.
SAML. W. PENNYPACKER.
To regulate and improve the civil service of the cities of the
first class in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, making violation of its provisions to be a misdemeanor, and providing penalties for violations thereof.
Cities of the first
Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That on and after the first day of March, one thousand nine hundred and six, class. appointments to, and promotions in, the civil service civil service. of the cities of the first class shall be made only according to qualifications and fitness, to be ascertained by examinations, which so far as practicable shall be competitive, as hereinafter provided. On and after the said date, no person shall be appointed, transferred, reinstated, or promoted as an officer, clerk, employe, or laborer in the civil service, under the government of any city of the first class, in any manner or by any means other than those prescribed in this act: Provided, That the provisions of this act shall not apply to any soldier, sailor, or marine honorably discharged from service in any war for the United States Government, nor to their widows or children.
Section 2. The Civil Service Commission of each Civil Service Comcity of the first class shall consist of three commis- mission. sioners, to be appointed by the mayor. The persons appointed commissioners shall be men in full sym. Qualifications of pathy with the purposes of this act. Not more than two of the said commissioners at any one time shall be adherents of the same political party. The commissioners in each city shall be appointed as follows: On the first day of March, one thousand nine hundred and six, the mayor of each city of the first class shall appoint three commissioners, the first to serve for a term of five years, the second for a term of three years, and the third for the term of one year. The mayor shall appoint one of the commissioners president of the commission, and one the secretary thereof. At the expiration of each of the said terms the mayor shall appoint a commissioner to serve for the full term of five years.
Thereafter each commissioner shall be appointed for a full term of five years. The Term.
Appointment of commissioners.