Original jurisdiction in the case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, State Ethics Commission, Petitioner v. William Lake Landauer, et al., Respondents.
John J. Contino, for petitioner.
Walter Schaffhauser, for himself, respondent.
Michael K. Worrall, for himself, respondent.
Linda Wallach Miller, for respondent, Albert Ingetti.
Senior Judge Blatt. Opinion by Judge Blatt.
The State Ethics Commission (Commission) filed a Petition for Review addressed to this Court's original jurisdiction, seeking, inter alia, to have the individual respondents*fn1 declared ineligible as winners in the May 21, 1985 primary elections. The reason advanced
in support of this Petition was that the respondents had failed to comply with the provisions of Section 4 of the Act of October 4, 1978, P.L. 883, 65 P.S. § 404 (Act), which concerns the filing of financial interest statements with the Commission by candidates for public office.
A hearing was held in this matter on May 17, 1985, at which the following respondents appeared either in person or through an attorney: Respondent Ingetti, Respondent Schaffhauser and Respondent Worrall. The remaining respondents, despite personal notice of these proceedings, were neither present at the hearing nor were they represented by counsel.
Pursuant to Section 4 of the Act, every candidate for public office must file a statement of financial interest with the Commission prior to submitting a nomination petition. 65 P.S. § 404(b).*fn2 A candidate's failure to comply with the Act's requirements prohibits the candidate from taking the oath of office, undertaking its duties or receiving compensation for service in the office from public funds, 65 P.S. § 404(d).*fn3 The legislative purpose of the Act, of course, is to provide full financial disclosure by public officials
so as to avoid conflicts of interest and thereby to reaffirm citizens' confidence in the integrity of those officials, State Ethics Commission v. ...