Before I go on to discuss these reports, I want to acknowledge the hard work of Tim Benyo and his staff. I honestly don't know how they got these online so fast, but it is a great public service.
Now, back to the insults.
Browning's report reveals that he put $19,500 of his own money into this race, before seeking any contributions. I counted 61 individual contributors. Most of them appear to be business associates and family. Most of the usual Republican contributors appear to be sitting this one out, although there are exceptions like Sean Boyle, Anthony Salvaggio, former Allentown Mayor Bill Heydt, John Hinkle, Stuart Smith. There's some interesting minor contributions, too, from CACLV's Alan Jennings and former Allentown Council member Tom Burke.
Ott raised $63,111.85. Of that sum, $10,000 comes from Ott's "My Lehigh County PaC." Since that is a Harrisburg PAC, and was not filed electronically, we won't know who provided that #$10,000 for Ott until after the election.
So much for Ott's so-called "reform" team.
Lisa Sceller, a fellow Commissioner and fellow "reform" tam member, provided Ott with $20,000, about 1/3 of his total.
I am by no mean troubled by Lisa's desire and willingness to support someone who thinks like she does. But I am bothered that a sitting Commissioner is making such a large contribution to an Executive candidate. Those are supposed to be two different branches of government, independent of each other. It bothered me four years ago when then Executive Don Cunningham contributed so much money to Democratic Commissioner candidate, and it bothers me now when an incumbent Commissioner is giving so much money to an Executiv candidate.
This is not what I mean by "reform."
Most of Ott's money has gone to Cold Spark Media, which appears to have been enough for at least four mailers.