“As City Controller, I’ve [led] the fight against corruption and abuse of taxpayer dollars, and that’s exactly what I’ll do as our Auditor General,” Lamb said in a press release. “We need an Auditor General with a proven record of independence and a proven commitment to transparency and accountability. I’ve done that here in Pittsburgh and I’ll continue to do it in Harrisburg and all across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
Lamb, 57, recently won re-election this year for his city controller position and has served in that role for more than a decade. Current Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (D-York) has been term-limited and is running for U.S. Congress in 2020.
During his tenure, Lamb has established transparency and accountability mechanisms like a Fiscal Focus Pittsburgh website which displays information about Pittsburgh's city budget. He also created Open Book Pittsburgh, which allows people to search for campaign finance data of city office candidates.
Lamb, who was raised in Beechview, attended Penn State University, Duquesne University School of Law, and Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz School of Public Policy. He is also the uncle of U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Mt. Lebanon).
I’m running for #PA #AuditorGeneral because fighting corruption and ensuring taxpayers' money is being spent correctly has never mattered more for our democracy and shared prosperity.— Michael Lamb (@MichaelLambPA) November 19, 2019
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According to a press release, Lamb says he helped the city recover financially and avoid privatization schemes by helping to fund the city's shrinking pension fund through public parking lot revenue. He boasts that under his tenure, Pittsburgh has gone from a long-term debt at nearly $1 billion to the city now generating budget surpluses. Lamb has long been a proponent of Pittsburgh finding a mechanism to collect property taxes from large nonprofits like UPMC. Currently, they pay no city property taxes.
Lamb joins a crowded field in the Democratic Primary which includes former Philadelphia deputy mayor Nina Ahmad and former Lancaster County Congressional candidate Christina Hartman.