HARRISBURG -- Annamarie Perretta-Rosepink was hired to run former House Democratic Whip Mike Veon's district office, but a grand jury found she spent most of her time running his campaign instead.
Ms. Perretta-Rosepink, 45, is one of the first people Mr. Veon hired when he was elected in 1984 and she was with him as district office manager until he was voted out of office at the end of 2006. She also was treasurer of Beaver Initiative for Growth, an agency Mr. Veon created as a conduit to distribute state money to community projects.
She left office with with a $20,380 bonus, one of the largest distributed by the caucus that year. Bonuses like hers are what sparked the grand jury investigation into the misuse of public funds.
An Post-Gazette analysis of campaign records last year showed that Ms. Perretta-Rosepink spent extensive time working on the Veon re-election campaign in 2006, although she never left state payroll.
One former campaign worker who spent time in Beaver Falls during the 2006 election described her as a likeable and hardworking person who seemed to know everyone in Beaver Falls.
"She was [Mr. Veon's] campaign strategy person because she knew all the local people. She knew all the power players," he said. "She's kind of rough around the edges. She smoked non-stop and was one of those kind of people who would do anything for [Mr. Veon]."