Ed Pawlowski

Mayor accused of selling favors says he's not guilty

The mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal corruption charges that officials likened to putting a for-sale sign on his office while promising political favors to deep-pocketed donors.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski denied accusations that he accepted more than $150,000 in campaign contributions in exchange for city business at his first appearance in federal court in Philadelphia after being charged with multiple counts of bribery and fraud.

The three-term Democrat will remain free but cannot travel outside the area without official consent. Pawlowski's lawyer said his client is ready to fight the charges and will continue to seek a...