I had fully intended to start an analysis of local campaign finance reports today. It will have to wait until tomorrow. On Wednesday, I had a lengthy visit with my dentist From there, I was directed to go home and was even offered pain pills. But I laughed in the dentist's face. "I'm a bottom-feeding blogger, and I bring the pain," I shouted as he dialed 911 and his secretaries hid under their desks. Well, I did make it to the courthouse eventually. But was too late to look at campaign finance reports. I'll do that today. I'mknocking off a little early tonight to get some extra sleep. Hope you don't mind.
The Morning Call's Emily Opilo has a story about the money raised in the Allentown Mayoral race, but I want lots more details. How does Sam Bennett manage to dig an $83,000 hole so quickly? Who donated to Fed Ed, if anyone? What developer is that stupid? Who are the lawyers he paid?
You can examine Allentown campaign finance reports here, Bethlehem campaign finance reports here, and Lehigh County's here. Northampton County,which refuses to post the official email addresses of its council members, stopped publishing the campaign finance reports of county candidates. You have to physically visit the elections office to see why Council members like Seth Vaughn are so arrogant that they think they can skip important meetings without repercussion.
If you are familiar with any of these online reports, please feel free to share your observations here.This kind of participatory journalism makes for a better story.