The answer to my question came today, in the form of a late contributions report his campaign filed. Under our state law, candidates must disclose contributions of $500 or more that are given after their pre-election report is filed, by notifying the elections office with what is called a "24 hour report."
According to the report file by Brown's campaign, the following donations to his campaign were just made yesterday:
Charles Chrin - $1,000 (He gave Callahan $5,000 and is covering his bets).
L. Anderson Daub - $2,500 (Daub is a loyal Republican)
Elmer Gates - $1,000 (Gates is hardcore GOP, but even he is turned off by the Wizard of Ott, and gave his money in Lehigh County to Muller)
Mario Scavello - $1,000 (This State Senator Wannabe has made other contributions to Brown and Council candidates)
Olav Sandnes - $2,500 (This Slate Belt Swede is a close friend of Ron Angle and has given heavily to all Republican candidates)
Albert Jinks - $1,000 (Jinks is a retired Easton area realtor sued earlier this year for hidden costs associated with sales of mobile homes)
Republican Party of Pa - $30,322.55 (in kind)
With this, brown had enough funds for the four mailers as well as the Channel 69 spots. I am told they only cost him $6,000.
Why is the State party giving brown so much money? The State Committee does not just throw money into a local campaign unless one of two things are evident. The first possibility is a poll showing that the Republican receiving the money has a shot. I don't see that myself. The second, and more likely, possibility is that the state party is acting as a pass through agency for donations from a large local donor who does not wish to have his name on Brown's list.
My guess is that J.B. Reilly, Joe Topper or others who are invested in Allentown's NIZ are getting even with Callahan for refusing to wave pom poms over a plan to steal the EIT of surrounding municipalities to fund his hotels and office buildings.
Unfortunately, the dust won't settle on this matter until after the race is over. I'll find out who made the donation, but by then the election will be over and nobody will care.
This is completely legal, but betrays a lack of transparency. Just as the Wizard of Ott uses a state PAC to hide the money he gets from GOP party boss Wayne Woodman and Lisa Scheller, Brown is funneling money from unknown sources into his campaign via the state party.
Both parties do this, so I don't really want to single out Brown as the bad guy. Four years ago, Don Cunningham funneled contributions to Commissioner candidates via the state party.
It's completely legal, but lacks transparency.