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Pawlowski's attorney files to un-freeze campaign assets

Pawlowski's attorney files to un-freeze campaign assets

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown's mayor wants federal officials to unfreeze his campaign assets.

According to court paperwork filed by Jack McMahon, Ed Pawlowski's attorney, Pawlowski's mayoral and Senate campaign assets were frozen in April, in connection with campaign consultant Mike Fleck's indictment.

Fleck pleaded guilty in April to bribery and extortion charges in connection with an FBI probe at Reading and Allentown city halls.

In the petition, McMahon claims Pawlowski was not given any notice about the freezing of his accounts.

Fleck did have signatory power on the accounts but McMahon says he did not have ownership of the accounts.

The wide-ranging investigation centers on public officials allegedly demanding campaign contributions from vendors in exchange for city business.

Pawlowski has been implicated, but has not been charged.

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