In Northampton County, part-time public defenders and other patronage employees were regularly assessed $1,000 per year under former county executive Glenn Reibman. Many major campaign contributors just happened to have county contracts. This culture of corruption, in which one hand washes the other, hurts those financially unable to play the game. Locally, developers and big businesses end up making the real decisions, while local voters are ignored. Ridiculous "riverwalks" or "Renaissance squares" are proposed, and the public often ends up footing part of the bill. Taxes go up and wages are frozen.
County executive John Stoffa is despised by wheelers and dealers who attempted to bankroll his campaign and the hacks looking for a "do nothing job." But that's why he was elected. Hopefully, he will decide to seek re-election because there's still plenty of weeds and some sit on Northampton County Council.
Since February, Northampton County Council has been considering campaign finance reform. Tonight, it will consider an ordinance introduced by Council members John Cusick and Rev. Mike Dowd, based on a similar measure vetoed in Pittsburgh.
I doubt there are five votes for campaign finance reform in Northampton County. That should scare the hell out of voters.