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Scott Wallace’s Attorney’s License Suspended for Being ‘Out Of State’

Dem candidate lived in D.C. area, South Africa before moving back to Pennsylvania

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• August 21, 2018 5:00 am

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Scott Wallace, a Democratic candidate running in Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district, has a suspended Pa. attorney's license that reports him as being "out of state," according to filings with the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Wallace, a wealthy progressive philanthropist and grandson of former FDR Vice President Henry Wallace, moved back to Pennsylvania's competitive 1st district to challenge first-term Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick in November's elections.

Wallace was licensed as an attorney in Pennsylvania in 1979 but has been away from the district for such an extended period of time that his license is now on administrative suspension, according to the disciplinary board's records. The file notes that Wallace has been living outside of Pennsylvania.

An individual in the office of Pennsylvania's Chief Counsel verified that Wallace has been on suspension for "a long time" and said suspensions come about by courses not being up to date or payments not being made on the annual attorney registration. 

Wallace split his time between Washington, D.C., and South Africa running his personal foundation, the Wallace Global Fund, prior to stepping away to run for office. Online records show that as recently as May 2017, Wallace was participating in tennis tournaments at the Kelvin Grove Club, an elite Cape Town, South Africa sports and social club.

Wallace has also said that he last voted in Bucks County, Pa., in 1978.

However, voting records previously obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show that this was not the case. Wallace did not even register in Bucks County until December 2017 and did not cast his first vote in the county until May 15, the day of the Democratic primaries, the records show.

Wallace spent his time away from the district operating the Wallace Global Fund, his personal foundation that carries a mission of promoting "an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the natural systems upon which all life demands."

The fund reports $150 million in assets and has passed hundreds of thousands in contributions to groups that support the boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaigns (BDS) against Israel.

Wallace responded to those donations by saying that the donations were made by another member of his fund and that he is "unequivocally pro-Israel, pro-peace, and pro-democracy." 

However, the fund reported no more than five officers, directors, trustees, and foundation managers during the time that the funds were handed out, with most of those individuals being Wallace and his family members during the time of the donations.

Wallace's fund also gave millions to groups that advocate taxing families for "irresponsible breeding" and financed the legal representation for a number of Guantanamo Bay detainees "just after 9/11."

While Wallace has given out large amounts to radical groups, he has given nothing to organizations located in Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district, the Free Beacon previously reported.

"At this rate Washington insider Scott Wallace will need to go shopping for a different district to push his disturbing agenda," said Chris Martin, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Wallace's campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

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