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September 13, 2012 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 27, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Jonathan Tamari, and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
November 7, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer| narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 23, 1995 | By Ty Tagami, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
November 5, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
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.
NEWS
January 28, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
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.
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NEWS
February 4, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Before being sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison and ordered to pay more than $1 million restitution to the clients and banks he defrauded, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. told the court that the government had gotten it wrong. That argument clearly went nowhere. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III ordered that the congressman's son be immediately taken into custody. He was hauled away while his father, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), his mother, and a sister sat in the gallery.
NEWS
January 31, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Hours before he was convicted on federal bank and tax fraud charges last year, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. vowed there wasn't going to be any apologizing. "I don't care if I get five years, 10 years, 20 years," he told reporters as the jury deliberated nearby. "Every lawyer I know says I'm going to win this case on appeal. " Now, scheduled for a sentencing hearing next week, the 33-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) may care a great deal more about the prison term he is facing.
NEWS
January 28, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 26, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Columnist
Chaka Fattah hit a few familiar notes last week, deriding as "frivolous" and "nonsense" the federal criminal charges that the congressman now faces while running for reelection. There was something new mixed in with that: Fattah put his money where his mouth - and his future and freedom - are. Call it Fattah's big bet. The 11-term congressman, after weighing the tasks of fund-raising for the April 26 Democratic primary and for the legal defense in his trial set to start six days after that, said he decided: "I can't do both.
NEWS
January 18, 2016 | VOTERAMA IN CONGRESS
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House Mountaintop-removal coal mining. Voting 235-188, the House on Tuesday passed a GOP-sponsored bill (HR 1644) that would shelve a new federal rule aimed at protecting streams and drinking water from pollution caused by mountaintop-removal coal mining. The rule addresses the practice of companies blasting mountaintops and then dumping fractured rocks and other debris into nearby streams and valleys.
NEWS
December 19, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - Refineries and lawmakers in the Philadelphia area are cringing over one of the marquee provisions in the massive spending bill expected to pass Congress on Friday. The $1.1 trillion appropriations plan includes a provision to lift a 40-year-old ban on exports of crude oil, an idea championed by Republicans but opposed by local refiners that employ thousands and worry that the change will raise costs, cut profits, and toughen competition with foreign refineries. "The primary concern that I have is with the welfare of my workers," said Rep. Patrick Meehan, a vocal advocate for local refineries.
NEWS
November 17, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
U.S. REP. Chaka Fattah, under indictment and facing his first competitive race in decades, announced last night that he has tapped veteran political operative and former city managing director Joe Certaine to run his re-election campaign. "Joe has three qualities that make him uniquely qualified to lead my campaign; he has proven managerial capabilities, he has unmatched knowledge of every neighborhood and every neighborhood leader in my district, and he has unparallel [sic] political expertise," Fattah said in a statement.
NEWS
November 6, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
PERHAPS THE IDEA of American Royalty, a luxury concierge business for wealthy clients who just might, on a whim, need a corporate jet or a Rolls Royce, came naturally to Chaka Fattah Jr., then just 23 and still in college. After all, Fattah, the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., lived a life of promise and privilege. At 14, he took a ride aboard Air Force One with President Bill Clinton. "I was with my dad," the tall, lanky Fattah, 32, said last month during a sit-down interview with the Daily News . To a teenage Fattah, the plane ride with the president of the United States was a thrill.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
THE FIRST DEFENSE witness Chaka Fattah Jr. called to the stand yesterday in his federal trial on bank and wire fraud was former Gov. Ed Rendell. Rendell was on the stand for fewer than 10 minutes. He said his campaign hired Fattah, the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., as a photography consultant starting in January 2002. "You were a hard worker who took excellent photographs," Rendell said. Fattah asked if Rendell was satisfied with his work, and Rendell replied: "Absolutely.
NEWS
October 23, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
CHAKA FATTAH JR. was cross-examining a witness who eight years ago had sought out his business, when the man blurted out: "You stole $10,000 from me when I was in high school! Can I have my money back?" Fattah, 32, defending himself in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on 23 counts of bank- and tax-fraud charges, ignored Kevin Corrigan's angry outburst yesterday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Gray had called Corrigan, 27, to testify about his attempts to get a highly sought-after American Express card through Fattah's American Royalty company.
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