For those who wonder about the value of Voter Owned Elections, here's an object lession. C&E (Contribution and Expenditure) reports were due today, and Ginny Burdick's make interesting reading. Ginny has raised $87,144.06 for her Council campaign to date (she also transferred about $13K from her Senate campaign account).
Since Ginny won't take taxpayer funds for her campaign, let's see whose money she is willing to take. Here are some of the "Friends of Ginny Burdick":
The Regence Group (formerly known as Blue Cross)
Natural Gas PAC
Russell Development Co.
Melvin Mark, Jr.
Smart Forest Ventures
Platt Electric Supply
Emerson Hardwood Group
And Ginny gave herself $1787 dollars.
So that's more than $50,000 from folks who wrote checks of $1K or more, 59% percent of her total contributions. Not that Ginny has lost the common touch, there are plenty of $500 and $250 contributions as well (you know, from the little people, like Tom Imeson and the Trailblazers). The really common folks, those who could give $100 or less, amount to less than $10K of her total.
You may have noticed some similarities with the contributor list for the First Things First committee? That's not the only similarity: like FTF, Ginny has spent more than she raised. The committee is $29K in the hole at the moment. Odd, I might have expected a little more (money that is) from the Big Money Candidate.
Don't you wish we had more candidates like this, like we did in the good old days before Voter Owned Elections?