This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
A government reform activist is trying to get Pennsylvania’s Ethics Commission to investigate a special adviser to Gov. Corbett.
The ethics complaint calls for an investigation into Ron Tomalis, an adviser on higher education and a former state education secretary.
Gene Stilp, who is also a Democratic candidate for the state House, filed the complaint after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that there was little evidence that Tomalis has been an active adviser, based on schedule documents, phone logs, and interviews with colleagues.
"The official government body can look into this, if you will, the Tomalis mystery," Stilp said. "Is he or is he not a ghost employee? And how come the governor hasn’t been keeping better track of this fellow?"