Jeff Boraski, a Falls Township supervisor for nearly ten years, has failed to report tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations across a three-and-a-half-year period, according to a Broad + Liberty review of campaign finance documents.
In an odd twist, campaign finance reports from Bucks County show that Boraski and Jeff Rocco, a former town supervisor in Falls Township who resigned in 2021, both filed reports for a brief 35-day period spanning November and December 2019 — but the two reports were timestamped by the county as being received one minute apart from each other on Jan. 31, 2022.
Boraski, a Democrat, was first elected to the township’s board of supervisors in 2013, formally taking his seat on the five-person board in January 2014. He’s also a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 269 union based in Trenton, New Jersey, which has come under a cloud of suspicion because of a multi-year FBI investigation involving both the union and the township.
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When Broad + Liberty accessed the campaign finance reports for “Friends of Jeff Boraski” at the Bucks County Board of Elections, there were only three pages — all of them for Boraski’s 2019 “annual report.” As the name suggests, the annual report should have covered all financial activity for the entire calendar year, but it only covered the last 35 days, disclosing about $5,300 in expenditures. It showed no contributions, even though there’s proof he accepted contributions.
Not every campaign committee has to file a report when some kind of financial activity takes place. There are various triggers and thresholds in the statute establishing when a committee must file.
But the Department of State is clear that end-of-year “annual” reports “[m]ust be filed by all candidates, political committees, and contributing lobbyists that have not filed termination reports.”
In other words, if your committee still exists, an end-of-year report is required; there are no exceptions. A different FAQ provided by the Commonwealth says, “Annual reports must reflect financial activity from the closing of books of the last report filed through December 31.”
Records from other committees and PACs show contributions to Boraski’s campaign committee that were not included in Boraski’s 2019 annual report, and he appears not to have even tried to file an annual report for the years 2020–22.
For example, records from the U.S. Federal Elections Commission indicate that from November 2018 to the present, the IBEW federal PAC (which can also give to non-federal candidates) has made $38,850 in donations to Boraski’s campaign, none of which has ever been reported by him or his committee.
(Broad + Libery‘s analysis can not stretch beyond 2018 because the county’s board of elections keeps campaign finance records for only five years.)
Pennsylvania’s campaign finance website also indicates that eleven different campaigns or PACs donated money to Boraski in 2019 and 2021, totaling $8,600, all of which has also gone unreported.
The screenshots below show donations from other campaigns and PACS to “Friends of Jeff Boraski.”
All in all, Broad + Liberty has identified more than $47,000 in donations to Boraski’s campaign that apparently have never been properly reported.
A spokesperson with Bucks County indicated that the board of elections sent Boraski a notice in 2019 but did not indicate any other communications with him or his committee about compliance issues.
“A letter was sent to that PAC in 2019 advising of a late filing,” said spokesman James O’Malley. “We can’t speculate on what hypothetical actions the Board of Elections would or would not take,” regarding the other late or missing filings.
Pennsylvania campaign finance law allows for fines that accrue daily against a committee that files late, but the fines are capped at $250 for each report.
Then there is the matter of former township supervisor Jeff Rocco.
A county timestamp from Boraski’s annual report for 2019 shows the county received it on Jan. 31, 2022, at 8:37 a.m. Curiously, a 2019 annual report from Rocco was also filed on Jan. 31, 2022 — with a timestamp one minute before Boraski’s 2019 annual report, at 8:36 a.m. Both filings were notarized for signatures that were dated January 2020.
Neither Boraski nor Rocco returned requests for comment. The county did not respond to follow-up questions about the 2019 filings being received in 2022.
Boraski is one of two township supervisors who are also members of IBEW Local 269. The other is Jeff Dence.
As Broad + Liberty reported earlier this month, the FBI’s multi-year investigation into Falls Township is looking into possible collusion between the township’s government and the IBEW to lean on local businesses to choose more labor-affiliated contractors.
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