The 13th Congressional District includes Norristown and five other municipalities where Boyle's state legislative PAC donated money to Democratic party organizations - Abington-Rockledge, as well as Lower Moreland, Cheltenham, Jenkintown and Upper Dublin, and the Montgomery County Democratic Committee.
The Abington-Rockledge area has been part of Boyle's legislative district, but was removed in the latest redistricting, which takes effect with this year's elections. That means voters there are still inside his district - but he won't be on their ballots.
The amounts of his legislative PAC'S contributions to Montgomery County groups are relatively small – $2,445 in donations to seven party organizations, less than five percent of the $51,263 that the political action committee, Friends of Brendan Boyle, reported spending in 2013.
But the significance lies in federal regulations that forbid congressional candidates from making federal campaign expenditures from any sources other than their federally-registered PACs - in this case, Citizens for Boyle, created just before Boyle announced his congressional candidacy last April 8.
Ken Snyder, who is handling communications for Boyle's congressional campaign, noted that Boyle had donated money to the Abington and county Democratic organizations in prior years.
"He's a member of the Montgomery County legislative delegation," Snyder said. "This has nothing to do with Congress."
Meanwhile, Boyle's lawmaker brother, State Rep. Kevin Boyle of Northeast Philadelphia, filed a campaign finance report last week that listed 19 contributions from Brendan Boyle, totaling $16,300, all raised in 2013.
Snyder said Kevin Boyle's report was in error. Brendan Boyle gave his brother's PAC just $1,500 - but a computer glitch mistakenly attributed other donors' contributions to Brendan.
Kevin Boyle was embarrassed that he had signed the report without reading it and intends to refile, Snyder said.