SEPTA prepares response to U.S. on lobbying

Identifying the difference between a consultant and a lobbyist may result in whether SEPTA faces a fine of up to $100,000.

SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams says the transit authority is preparing its response to a request by the Federal Transit Administration for more details regarding payments made to lobbyists.

“We don’t believe that our consultants are engaged in lobbying efforts to obtain federal grants,” Williams said Tuesday. “Part of our response to the FTA will cover our rationale behind those thoughts.”

In a letter to SEPTA last week, the FTA cited SEPTA’s failure to disclose details about payments made to lobbyists for five years in a row.

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SEPTA has until July 20 to respond.

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