Philadelphia mayor Mayor Michael Nutter allegedly took trips to Rome and he and his staff dolled out unapproved grants, held open bar receptions and spent $52,000 on accommodations at the Philadelphia Marriott Courtyard from Sep. 15 to Oct. 3, 2015,according to review by the City Controller’s Office. Much of the money had come from revenue from the city-owned Philadelphia Marathon.
Philly.com reported today that more than $380,000 in revenue from the Philadelphia Marathon was used as a “slush fund” for unapproved expenditures, according to the internal review.
According to the story, the Mayor’s Fund is an non-profit that manages between $7 million to $10 million annually for various city programs that promote tourism, business and economic development, education, culture and job growth. Much of its revenue comes from the annual Philadelphia marathon. In 2014, $500,000 was set aside for grants, $200,000 of which was placed in the newly created marathon reserves account. In 2015, the fund spent nearly double what had been allocated for the marathon reserves account.
In 2016, Philadelphia’s Office of the City Representative and Department of Parks and Recreation announced a formal partnership to produce the Philadelphia Marathon. This year’s race weekend, which includes the marathon, plus a half marathon, 8K and fun run for kids, is slated for Nov. 18-20.