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August 17, 2016

Philly Official Likens Ex-Mayor’s Nonprofit to ‘Slush Fund’

Philadelphia’s top finance official issued a report Tuesday questioning the use of hundreds of thousands of dollars by a City Hall-affiliated nonprofit during former mayor Michael Nutter’s tenure, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia magazine write.

Controller Alan Butkovitz alleged in a news conference that Desiree Peterkin Bell, a Nutter adviser who chaired the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia, used a $200,000 reserve account within the nonprofit “as if it were a special slush fund,” approving expenditures for travel, receptions, and other items without oversight by the organization’s board.

The Mayor's Fund supports city programs to promote tourism, economic and job development, education, and culture and is primarily funded with proceeds from the annual Philadelphia Marathon. In a statement responding to the audit report, Mr. Nutter, who left office in January after two terms, called Mr. Butkovitz "a liar, a snake, and a hypocrite." The audit was requested by the fund’s executive director.