Judge: Campaign finance case concerning Armstrong commissioner will move forward
An out-of county judge has denied Armstrong County Commission Chairman David Battaglia's motion to dismiss a civil case in which plaintiffs contend Battaglia violated election laws during the 2011 election campaign.
According to the order by Westmoreland County Senior Judge William J. Ober, there are facts supporting a prima facie case that inaccurate campaign finance reports were filed by the Friends of Dave Battaglia campaign committee.
The order goes on to say that the court needs to examine whether the campaign finance statements were false and in violation of the election code or if “any person, whether candidate or not, accepted contributions” that violated any provisions of election laws.
The petitioners in the case are Tanya Gladysiewski of Ford City and Randy Cloak, David Wolfe, David Jack, Sherry Piccola and Richard Depner, all of Kittanning. They are being represented by Leechburg attorney Charles Pascal.
Jesse Daniel, of the Serene Law firm of Indiana, is representing the Friends of Dave Battaglia campaign committee.
An audit hearing has been scheduled for July 25 at the Armstrong County Courthouse.
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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