Monday, February 22, 2016
John Brown Takes Campaign to Bethlehem Township
"Bring your family and friends!" the mailer says, so should I go? I think I will. My own invitation must be lost in the mail.
Brown, who is running for state auditor general, is careful to note, "No taxpayer money used for this event or mail piece." His invitation is sent out under Lehigh Valley Postal Permit 387, and indicates it is paid for by Friends of John Brown.
According to his annual campaign finance report, Brown had just $810 in his campaign treasury at the end of 2015. But he did pay political consultant Gray Birks $3,500, and that may have funded a limited mailer.
During his first year in office, Brown did use taxpayer funds for several informational town halls, including one in Bethlehem at which only two persons who actually live there were present. Brown awarded a $76,500 (it was originally $84,000) no-bid contract to Kim Plyler's Sahl Communications, and these little soirees were part of the deal.
Brown could argue he was using taxpayer funds to promote the County, not himself. But it's impossible for him to maintain that fiction now that he is running for statewide office.
He's running against Democrat Ernest DePasquale, a breath of fresh air among statewide Democrats accused of corruption, perjury and complete intransigence.
I will say, as a Democrat, that it's going to take more than a cup of coffee and piece of cake to buy my vote..
It will probably take two.