I promised I would look at Sheila Simon's platform document for mayor and thought we could start right at the top "Integrity in campaigning". Here is the first post in this thread. Sorry for the delay, I'm working hard at BoundlessGallery.com these days and have other issues that are distracting me from amusing the blog readers.
I read the DE a couple of days ago and noticed that Sheila has raised $9800 or so thus far. It looks like her platform document calls for a $50 limit and publication of the names of all givers. That got me thinking.
When Chuck Grace ran for judge a couple of years ago, he ran against a Murphysboro based lawyer who also claimed to have a $50 limit. At the time, I felt Grace's opponent did it as a campaign marketing device. He knew about how much he was going to spend, he could afford it, so maybe claiming a limit might be a tactic that would work. The Green Party does this too, but my feeling is that is part of their culture. The Greens like being poor as church mice, it make them more righteous or something.
My question about the Carbondale mayor's race is this, it is more ethical to take money from a bunch of local business people or from the State of Illinois Democratic Party? I have no doubt that I would rather have my politicians beholden to local people then the Illinois Republicans or Democrats (for the record, I have been a Democrat when I lived on the West Coast, but please don't lump me in with the Illinois Democrats).
When Sheila claims a campaign limit and calls it Integrity, then turns around and uses the Illinois Democratic machine to raise $10k, is that ethical? If everyone followed her rules, wouldn't that give the Demo's that much more power and make them that much more corrupt? Please don't ask me "How corrupt are they? We will save that until after Blogo is arrested."
I have written in this blog before about corruption in Illinois and how campaign limits are important. But, I don't think $50 is the right number for that limit. A better number would be $1000 or $5000 per person and no corporate gifts. A $50 limit means that the creatures of the political parties would have a huge advantage.
I don't know if Sheila is trying to lever her $50 limit into some huge advantage. My feeling from reading her plan is that she views the world, from her position of privilege, through very rosy glasses. More about that in the next few entries.
Your comments are welcome.