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Sunday, May 07, 2006
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Newsflash: Casey has an interest-bearing checking account

Pennsylvania Treasurer and his wife took an official trip to Israel in November. Its $11,446 cost was paid for by the National Jewish Democratic Council.The annual statement of financial interest filed by Pennsylvania Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Bob Casey Jr. is a lot like the guy himself.

It's strictly a no-frills exercise, filled with incredibly detailed information and with little by way of a smoking gun.

The Scranton Democrat went well above and beyond what was required by the form or the state ethics law, spelling out every state board and committee he's ever been on since he was first elected the state's Auditor General in 1996.

He even went so far as to list his interest-bearing checking account at First National Community Bank in Dunmore as one of the sources of his income.

He did take one trip, though, paid for by an outside organization.

Casey and his wife, Terese, took an "official trip" to Israel in his capacity as state treasurer between Nov. 17 and Nov. 23, 2005. The $11,446 trip was paid for by the National Jewish Democratic Council.

U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., was not required to file a statement of financial interest form with the state Ethics Commission.His opponent this fall will be incumbent U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, who was not required to file a statement of financial interest under Pennsylvania law.

He did have to file a similar statement with the Secretary of the Senate's
Office of Public Records. But neither it nor the Senate Ethics Committee make the completed forms available online.

Santorum's personal finances have been documented by reporters and his home mortagage was also the subject of an investigation recently by Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News.

State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr.
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