Mum on Senator Mellow

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Outgoing veteran Pennyslvania Senator Robert Mellow has no guarantee that he will get to leave office quietly by the end of the year. Mellow, the state’s longest serving senator, has been under investigation since 2008.

That is the year RocktheCapital first requested the Senate Ethics Committee  look at Mellow’s ties to the Board of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and other non-profit’s.  According to tax records filed by the State Department of Insurance, Mellow’s stipend for serving on the board of Blue Cross was $48,380. Those earnings came, in addition to, the $22,000 he earned as a member of the Old Forge Bank’s board, and the more than $110,000,00 a year he’s paid for serving in the senate.

On Thursday, the Senate Ethics Committee, “stayed” the investigation meaning –- it wants to look deeper in to the evidence, however, that is now dependent upon the outcome of a federal investigation. Mellow. 

In June, federal agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service raided Mellow’s office and his home; hauling away at least one box of documents and envelopes.

Senator Mellow did not return RocktheCapital’s phone calls on Friday and neither did Senator Charles McILHINNEY Jr, a member of the Ethics Committee.

It seems clear that Mellow, even by his own admissions, violated the Legislative Code of Ethics which states, “No member shall knowingly solicit, accept, or receive any gift or compensation other than that which he is duly entitled from the Commonwealth which is intended to influence the performance of his official duties….”

Mellow told the Morning Call in 2008 that, “there’s not one person in the Senate who will tell you I compromise my principles to vote for anyone or anything.”

That did not stop Mellow from weighing in on a proposed merger between insurance heavyweight Highmark and Blue Cross, which would form the third largest health insurance company in the country and the largest in Pennsylvania. Mellow wrote, “This merger does not create a market monolith rather it builds upon the competitive business structure that is already functioning….”

To read further, about the ethics committee, and the evidence it is considering; follow the links below.

Read The Letter

View The Court Case
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