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Ed Pawlowski

Developer pleads guilty to bribing Allentown official

The mayor of Allentown never took a bribe or misused his office while running for U.S. Senate, his attorney said Thursday after a developer pleaded guilty to giving campaign contributions to the third-term Democrat in return for favorable treatment from the city.

Ramzi Haddad, 45, of Bethlehem, pleaded guilty to a federal bribery conspiracy charge, admitting that he raised tens of thousands of dollars for Ed Pawlowski's Senate bid after the candidate "made clear" to city vendors, including Haddad, that giving campaign cash "was a necessary condition for receiving certain favorable treatment from the city of Allentown," according to court documents released...