Here is a fun look at the political payoffs in the Boise City Council election based on the finance reports filed with the City Clerk.
Seems apparent the developers and fire department union are paying the most and will probably stand the best chance of a good return on their investment. The pro-lifers who paid Brandi Swindell stand to have a young supporter in public office, but there isn’t much she can do to help their cause.
Most interesting expense among the yard signs, advertising, and office rentals is Jerome Mapp’s purchase of an official campaign digital camera.
A close second is Vern Bisterfeldt’s donation from the Golden Star Restaurant. The Chinese food vendor is a favorite of Vern’s for over 30 years. You can afford to leave nice tips when they refund it $1,000 at a time!!
We note City Attorney Carey Colaianni paid incumbent Bisterfeldt $100, but figured Maryanne Jordan was worth only half that at $50. Not to worry, in the spirit of gentlemanly sportsmanship, Bisterfeldt paid $200 to Maryanne.
The Firefighters union PAC paid $1,000 each to former-police union president-former acting chief- council candidate Jim Tibbs and incumbent Maryanne Jordan. A simple council approval of so much as a set of red suspenders for each member will pay back that amount.
Idaho Statesman notes Brandi Swindell got several thousand from out of state supporters. We think they will have a lot less influence than the local developers and contractors like Hubble Homes, Samas LLC Development, Colliers International, DeBest Plumbing, the Chamber of Commerce and anyone else who tossed out $1,000 bills. You buy in for a grand and you own better than 5% of a campaign.
Tibbs is top dollar winner at nearly $27,000.
For our money we like homeless advocate Mark Seeley’s report which consists of a single income and expense of $18.43–not much influence being bought or sold among the homeless.
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