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Pay-to-Play Law Questioned Following Appointment

A number of people, including the Democratic Party chairman, are questioning town council's solicitor selection, according to the Burlington County Times.

Pay-to-Play Law Questioned Following Appointment Pay-to-Play Law Questioned Following Appointment

Current and former Moorestown political players, on both sides of the aisle, have questioned whether the current town council played fast and loose with the township's anti-pay-to-play law by appointing a law firm with political ties, according to an article in the Burlington County Times.

Council selected Capehart Scatchard attorney Anthony Drollas as township solicitor earlier this month. According to the Times story, Drollas' firm made contributions to the joint campaign account of former Burlington County freeholders Bruce Garganio and Mary Ann O’Brien. Money from that account was later used to help fund the campaign of Moorestown Republican council candidates Phil Garwood, Victoria Napolitano and Peter Palko.

Moorestown Democratic Committee Chairman Robert Gorman and former councilman Daniel Roccato were critical of the appointment and the way council seemed to take advantage of the pay-to-play law.

To read the full story, including the response from the Republican leadership, click here.

To read our story about Drollas' connection to Moorestown Mall owner PREIT, click here.

(Note: This story has been edited to remove comments attributed to former Mayor John Button, which were made to another media outlet. Button contends his comments, which were not made directly to Patch, were reported inaccurately, and were not meant for publication.)

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