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Councilman White's county-wide pay-to-play scheme unfolds


MEDIA, PA, Oct. 10 – Contribution and contracts records indicate that Councilman Dave White has been participating in a countywide “Pay-to-Play” scheme where Councilman White voted to award at least $5 million in county contracts to companies and individuals who have contributed $159,000 to the Delaware County Republican Finance Committee and nearly $30,000 to his personal campaign since his appointment in 2012.

In addition, records show that Councilman White has taken campaign contributions from at least five county solicitors, including County Solicitor Michael Maddren, who pulls in nearly $150,000 in salary annually from the county. Councilman White approves the hiring of Solicitors.

Allegations have already been reported that Councilman Dave White has been pocketing millions of taxpayer dollars through his business DWD Mechanical Contractors. DWD is a confirmed subcontractor for CM3, a company who has received over $25 million in contracts from William Penn School District and Garnet Valley School District since 2012. Council exercises enormous influence over local governmental entities like school boards. Right-to-know requests and internal school district communications confirm that Councilman White’s company served as a subcontractor on these projects while Councilman White was receiving $62,500 in campaign contributions from CM3 executives since 2012.

“How can we trust politicians who routinely pass out contracts to their contributors?” asked Kevin Madden, Democratic candidate for County Council. “This culture of pay-to-play politics has been business as usual in Delco and is the direct result of 40 years of single-party rule. Taxpayers need elected officials who will follow a higher standard, and it is clear that Delco can’t move forward until we break the old politics.”

“The sheer lack of conscience among some of our Delco officials is offensive on so many levels,” said Brian Zidek, Democratic candidate for County Council. “Giving out contracts in return for campaign contributions seems clearly wrong to most of us. Apparently, some of our local leaders need a refresher course on ethics to help guide them.”

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Zidek & Madden pitch Delco for new Amazon HQ

Who is better to land an Amazon deal - Concerned citizen entrepreneurs or career politicians?

Amazon made headlines this past week by publicly announcing that it was seeking a second headquarters. This second headquarters would bring 40,000 to 50,000 new jobs to the chosen site and over $5 billion in investment.

Amazon outlined its criteria to be met for consideration:

  • Metropolitan area with more than 1 million people.
  • Within 2 miles of a major highway.
  • Within 45 minutes of an international airport.
  • Near top universities.
  • Good public transportation.
  • 100 acres of undeveloped land.

Sound familiar? Well it should because it sounds a lot like Delaware County, PA. Delco and the Philadelphia region is home to over 1.5 million people. Interstate 95 runs through our county. Philadelphia International Airport lies partly in Delco.  Villanova, Swarthmore, Haverford, Widener and a number of other top universities are in Delco and Penn, Drexel, St. Joseph and others are right next door. SEPTA serves Delco and there are hundreds of acres of undeveloped sites in Delco that could be used to develop a corporate campus.

“Delco should be leading the charge to land Amazon's new corporate headquarters. It is a perfect fit for us.” said Brian Zidek, candidate for County Council. “It is this kind of timid, parochial thinking that prevents Delco from living up to our full potential. I know how to make these kinds of deals and we need work hard to make sure we are considered for this investment.”

“Delco deserves a Council that will aggressively and proactively work to attract the industries and jobs of the future. This Amazon expansion is exactly the kind of deal that Delco council should be looking for and exactly the kind of investment that would grow Delco in the right way,” said Kevin Madden.“It is a shame that we can’t trust this Council to pursue these deals because they are too busy engaging in pay-to-play schemes and lining their own pockets.

Kevin Madden and Brian Zidek are leaders with the business, entrepreneurial experience and skills to bring opportunities like Amazon to Delco. They have the creativity, vision and mindset focused on long term economic development for our community.

Zidek & Madden condemn Delco Council’s failure to denounce Donald Trump

Insist there can be no moral equivalence when addressing Nazis and White Supremacy

We would like to thank the Delaware County Council for their resolution condemning the obvious. Every morally sound person knows that Nazis, racism and white supremacist ideology is repugnant and deplorable, so that part of their statement is well taken.

However, the failure of the Council to specifically condemn the President for sympathizing with the Nazis and white supremacists is inexcusable. The members of the Delaware County Council and the Delco Republican Party leadership, starting with Chairman Andy Reilly – who served as a Presidential Elector for Donald Trump – exercised their positions of power within our community last year to help get Donald Trump elected, and it is clear that they value their party loyalty more than their responsibility to express the values of the Delaware County voters they represent. There can be no equivocation or “both sides do it” statements when opposing Nazis, fascists or white supremacists. Donald Trump should be roundly denounced and the Council failed to do so in their resolution.

The CEOs of major corporations are renouncing their support or membership on councils associated with Donald Trump because they don’t want to be associated with someone who equivocates on facism, white supremacy or opposing outright Nazis. Our Military leaders, not often inclined to political statements, feel strongly enough that they are releasing statements condemning equivocation of this kind.

The Council wrote this statement while sitting less than 100 miles from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where proud Pennsylvanians and United States soldiers fought to defeat the white supremacist Confederacy. The fact that they could not find it in themselves to condemn this President for equivocating on white supremacy is disrespectful to their memory.

Voters this fall will not forget that this Council has decided that party loyalty and supporting Donald Trump is more important than what is right for Delaware County and our country. This is why single-party rule is detrimental to good government. This demonstrates that all government truly starts at the local level. This is why we need to change County Council this year.

Dave White's firm has pocketed up to $10 million of taxpayer money

White uses his political influence to line his own pockets.

In the five years since he was appointed to the Delaware County Council, Dave White’s company has collected up to $10 million in government contracts – an average of $2 million in taxpayer funds each year.

Dave White has used his political influence to line his own pockets:

  • White’s HVAC contracting company, DWD Mechanical Contractor, Inc. (“DWD”), has been paid over $2.5 million by local government agencies, including $40,000 from GOP-controlled Upper Darby Township, whose political committee received $5,000 from Dave White’s campaign committee, Friends of Dave White.
  • CM3, who subcontracts work to DWD, billed Delaware County directly for an additional $8.625 million for general maintenance and HVAC/plumbing repairs since 2012.

While White has been busy collecting a seven-figure, taxpayer-funded payday, Delaware County’s spending has ballooned by $23 million from FY2013 to FY2017. While Dave White voted to raise county taxes to levels almost 50% higher than those of Montgomery County, he was also scheming with his political cronies to pocket up to $10 million in taxpayer money.

“One thing is clear, we must have more transparency in Delaware County,” said Brian Zidek, Democratic candidate for County Council. “The current system has failed taxpayers and allowed politicians like Dave White to line their pockets with the money of Delco’s working families – families who pay almost 50% more in property taxes and get fewer services than those in Montgomery County.”

“Delco’s government needs greater accountability, meaning an end to the self-dealing contracts like those that Dave White took advantage of,” said Kevin Madden, candidate for County Council. “This has to stop. Basic transparency and ethics code reforms will make it very hard for politicians like Dave White and his cronies to get away with these self-enrichment schemes.”