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How to find out campaign contributions for council candidates?
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by Information, we need information, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park,
on Oct 16, 2008
A question, not an opinion (I know, shocking in these forums!): how does one find out the amounts and names of contributors to the different city council candidates? I see posts referring to candidate X having $7bazillion from unions while candidate Y has a million times that from Developers. How can we get our hands on the facts? Perhaps the Almanac can print the top 10 for each?
I also wonder whether, given limits to contributions, classes of contributors could be lumped together just in case one interest group is spreading their contributions out over many seemingly independent entities? For example, does the Flying Saucer Landing Pad Assn give funds to Citizens For Extraterrestials with the idea that the funds will then be given to the candidate they support, thus doubling their effective contribution limit?
Call me suspicious, but I *did* grow up listening to Mae Brussell on the radio....