The former mayor of Allentown is reaching out to the public for help covering his legal bills following his conviction on 47 federal corruption charges. Ed Pawlowski was convicted of steering city funds to contractors and lawyers who donated to his campaigns and punishing companies that refused. He faces a minimum of 30 years in prison and has racked up over $50,000 in debt trying to defend himself.
Pawlowski maintains his innocence and plans to appeal the jury's decision, but desperately needs help to pay off his growing legal fees. The former mayor reached out to his supporters on social media, announcing he set up a GoFundMe page to help cover his expenses, which included $8,000 on lodging for one of his attorneys.
The site has been up since August 4th, and as of August 7th, he has made $550 of his $7,000 goal.
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