September 13, 2012 |
Harrah's Philadelphia has sued U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's son for allegedly bouncing $16,000 worth of checks at the Delaware County casino, the latest in a string of lawsuits filed since the FBI raided the young Fattah's home and office in February. Just two weeks ago the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union sued Chaka Fattah Jr. for $17,467, alleging that he failed to make payments on a loan there. Ronald Sarachan, a lawyer for Fattah Jr., to declined comment about the suits. Attorneys for Harrah's did not respond to requests for comment.
August 27, 2015 |
A veritable who's who of Pennsylvania politics could end up taking the stand when U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah goes on trial next year on federal racketeering conspiracy charges. A list of possible government witnesses filed with the court Tuesday contains such boldface names as U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey (D., Pa.), former Gov. Ed Rendell, and State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.). Also mentioned are behind-the-scenes political players, including Greg Harvey, a veteran Philadelphia election lawyer, and William Sasso, a prominent GOP donor, a confidant of former Gov. Tom Corbett, and chairman of the law firm Stradley Ronon.
October 27, 1998
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's energy and attention to detail have enabled him to get good things done, even as a minority party member of a particularly partisan Congress. The Philadelphia Democrat's $140 million High Hopes/21st Century Scholarship plan became law earlier this month. The program seeks to motivate disadvantaged sixth graders to stay in school through mentoring, tutoring and a promise of federal aid for college to students who persevere in learning. Urging children as young as 12 to think about higher education - and helping them get ready for it - helps counter the feeling that poor children aren't "college material.
August 14, 2015
U.S. REP. CHAKA Fattah , indicted two weeks ago for racketeering, bribery and a whole bunch of other things that members of Congress probably aren't supposed to do, may already have a Democratic challenger in the 2016 primary. Some political observers - yeah, we're looking at you , Philly Mag - have speculated that it's unlikely that a serious Democrat would challenge Fattah if he refuses to step down, which currently is his plan. Maybe they are right. Party leaders - Ed Rendell , Mayor Nutter , Bob Brady , even Nancy Pelosi - have all expressed plenty of sadness that this whole ordeal is happening to Fattah, but not much concern about the corruption allegations contained in the 29-count indictment.
October 16, 2006
Penna. Second District This is solidly Democratic turf covering West and Northwest Philadelphia and reaching into Montgomery County's Cheltenham Township. The mostly urban district includes pockets of poverty, but primarily middle-income voters. The Case for Fattah Democrat Age 49 Philadelphia U.S. Representative Over nearly a dozen years in Congress, Chaka Fattah, 49, has developed a laser focus on initiatives that boost the higher-education prospects of urban teens.
November 7, 2014 |
THE VOTERS may still believe in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, but another member of his inner circle has bailed from the net closing in around him. Now Tom Lindenfeld, a Washington, D.C., political consultant, may help investigators land Fattah in an ongoing public-corruption probe. One day after Fattah collected 87 percent of the vote to win his 11th term in the 2nd District, Lindenfeld, 59, pleaded guilty to wire fraud in U.S. District Court in connection with an illegal $1 million loan he funneled into Fattah's failed 2007 mayoral bid. As part of the plea deal, Lindenfeld agreed to cooperate in the investigation linked to Fattah - who has not been charged - and to testify at trial if necessary.
March 1, 2006
With all of his political clout, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah should be well-positioned to abide voluntarily by Philadelphia's new campaign-contribution limits. This would be the year to do it, as civic leaders are mounting an all-out effort to change the city's pay-to-play political culture. All the right elements are there for Fattah: high profile, strong political base, 25 years a public-policy wonk and lawmaker, married to a local TV news anchor. Yet the veteran Democratic lawmaker is among several would-be mayoral candidates dancing around the limits by delaying a formal campaign announcement.
October 23, 1995 |
If residents want to save their borough from crime, drugs and joblessness, they should organize and lead their leaders. That was the message from U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Phila.), the featured guest at a three-hour session organized by Montgomery County Commissioner Joseph M. Hoeffel 3d, a Democrat who is up for reelection next month, and his campaign partner, Joan Nagel. The meeeting, held at the Montgomery County Library, was attended by residents, borough officials and politicians.
November 5, 2014 |
WE CALL IT the Daily News hot seat - a table at the Famous 4th Street Deli where Clout asks the city's politicians three questions each Election Day. The questions for yesterday's general-election crowd were: * Who will be the next mayor of Philadelphia? * Who will be the Democratic nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey in 2016? * And will U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah be seeking a 12th term in the U.S. House in two years or fighting a federal indictment? Yes, we save the zinger for our final question.
January 28, 2016 |
A federal judge on Tuesday urged U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, who says he is more focused on raising money for his reelection campaign than on his corruption trial, to rethink his priorities. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III issued the warning as Fattah's lawyers sought to be removed from his case, saying he had not paid their legal bills in nearly five months. "I think you need to take this matter seriously and think hard and fast about your priorities," the judge told the Philadelphia Democrat.