Should council candidates accept donations from developers with projects before the city?
Original post made by Richard Hine on Nov 1, 2006
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on Nov 2, 2006 at 8:09 am
It is quite unseemly to me for Councilmembers to accept donations from developers with projects scheduled for review. The integrity of those who do so is questionable.
Mr. Bohannon's donation is unique in that it appears he made it clear when he gave money that he wasn't taking sides and that each of the six candidates would receive the same amount.
I would like to see all corporate and PAC donations banned in Menlo Park campaigns, not just from developers. In this election, particularly, the sheer amount of money could swing the election against those whose funding comes from residents, close friends, and family members.
on Nov 2, 2006 at 8:39 am
The incumbent slate has received tens of thousands of dollars from developers, and they claim that these developers support them because the challengers plan to shut down all development. Not only is this a lie, it obfuscates the fact that the incumbents have been inordinately weak in negotiating with developers, and have essentially opened the city for strip mining with no concern for the general plan or existing zoning.
Bohannon is in a somewhat different category as he is a resident rather than a carpetbagger as well as a contributor who offered money to all six candidates. I find his comments about the incumbents particularly insightful. He evidently does not believe the incumbent slate's propaganda about the challengers bringing a halt to growth, but then, the incumbents hardly have a praiseworthy track record when it comes to progress.
As for his pending projects, I hope that no one on the next council is willing to sell out the city for $2,000, and I believe David Bohannon has enough integrity to agree with that.
on Nov 2, 2006 at 5:02 pm
Political giving is a reality, and legal. Full and complete disclosure are required so that we as voters have the information we need to make a decision. Unfortunately, spin and negative campaigning are also a reality and completely legal. Good luck to all voters trying to discern the truth.