- James Ellison managed the campaign of an alleged voter fraud scandal offering iPhones for votes in Harrisburg’s 2017 mayoral election, prompting a grand jury investigation.
- In 2011, the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office investigated Ellison’s handling of fundraising for Linda Thompson’s campaign.
- Harrisburg’s $300 million debt resulted from bond deals linked to Harrisburg’s incinerator that were brokered while Ellison was the authority’s solicitor in 2003.
- James Ellison was cited by the state ethics commission after being investigated for improperly using his position to broker contracts for Rhoads & Sinon.
- James Ellison, as the solicitor for the Coatesville Area School District, was accused of over-billing and questionable legal judgment resulting in $420,000 in settlement payments in 2016 made by Ellison’s former law firm.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Attorney James Ellison has a long and checkered past in Harrisburg as a key player in its financial collapse, according to PennLive.com. In 2003, Ellison was the solicitor of the failed contract to retrofit the Harrisburg incinerator, resulting in $300 million of city debt.
Behind the scenes Ellison has managed several controversial political campaigns in Harrisburg. Most recently, Ellison managed the campaign of an alleged voter fraud scandal offering iPhones for votes in Harrisburg’s 2017 mayoral election.
Now James Ellison is again operating behind the scenes in Harrisburg politics, managing the mayoral campaign of Otto Banks.
In 2009, while acting as chairman of the Harrisburg Authority, Ellison simultaneously managed the campaign of former Harrisburg mayor Linda Thompson, in an apparent conflict of interest. As a result of Thompson being elected, Ellison’s former law firm eventually paid $250,000 of the $2.4 million settlement reached in a wrongful termination lawsuit by former Harrisburg Superintendent Gerald Kohn and two other former district officials. Ellison was no longer doing legal work for the district, but the removal of Kohn made good on a campaign promise by Thompson.
In 2011, the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office also investigated Ellison’s handling of fundraising for Thompson’s campaign.
As campaign manager for Gloria Martin-Roberts in 2017, Ellison oversaw an illegal raffle offering free iPhones in exchange for votes. The raffle was being operated by campaign workers at polling places throughout the city. An emergency injunction was issued, halting election activity at the polls in Harrisburg. Judge Scott Evans ordered deputies to seize the raffle tickets offering iPhones in exchange for votes in the 2017 Harrisburg election. Days later, a grand jury convened to investigate the circumstances surrounding the scandal.
Harrisburg’s $300 million in debt resulted from bond deals linked to Harrisburg’s incinerator that were brokered while Ellison was the solicitor for the Harrisburg Authority.
Pennlive.com reported on an investigation of James Ellison after he resigned from his post as chairman of The Harrisburg Authority’s board in 2012 just before the state ethics commission fined him nearly $2,300 for using his position to improperly broker contracts for Rhoads & Sinon.
For nearly a decade James Ellison acted as the solicitor for the Coatesville Area School District where he was accused of over-billing and questionable legal judgment. $420,000 in settlement payments in 2016 were made by Ellison’s now former law firm.