We couldn’t help but note the various financial ironies in the Monday news reports about local elections.
BSU RADIO reported that of 11 candidates running for city council in Twin Falls, seven raised no campaign funds and the highest fund recipient among the other four raised $900.
Meanwhile in Boise we noted several candidates were paid well over $20,000 and one reported payoffs of about $30,000.
Lauren McLean, the darling of the CONSERVATION VOTERS, has been favored by the national political group despite receiving a donation of $1,000 from her opponent, Dave Bieter, last year, according to BoiseDev.
Fire Chief Dennis Doan impressed us when he ordered his union firefighters to pull ads supporting Bieter which inappropriately included images of Boise fire equipment and uniforms (and the mayor himself).
Then we learned from BOISE DEV that Doan’s Fire Chief PAC has been using city offices to conduct business in support of Bieter.
This year’s city election has attracted more political payoffs than any we can remember. The GUARDIAN simply cannot sanitize the payoffs by characterizing them as “donations.” That sounds too much like a legitimate charity rather than the tawdry QUID PRO QUO that it is.
A former U.S. Attorney friend of the GUARDIAN contends, “There is no reason for the pro quo without the quid.” (a favor or advantage granted or expected in return for something)
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