Saturday, October 31, 2009

What was my point, again?

I read this item in today's Daily News, online ... it's about the Ward 1 race.

This bit, way down by the bottom, caught my attention, especially since there has been some chat on Tom Salemi's website about Karp supporting campaigns (this bit is about challenger Allison Heartquist):

Among her supporters, according to the campaign finance report filed this week, are Mark Roland, the owner of the clam shack that McCavitt battled in court. He gave Heartquist's campaign $150. Also, Newburyport Marinas, a company owned by Stephen Karp and New England Development donated $100 to her campaign ...

Heartquist said yesterday her treasurer, John Brooks, has been overseeing her campaign donations and referred questions about donations to him.

It's unclear if the donation from Newburyport Marinas was given as a donation from a corporation, which is prohibited under campaign finance law. Brooks said yesterday he did not have the information on the Newburyport Marinas donation in front of him, but said it was given by a person who is part of the marina.

What does that mean, "it's unclear?" If it says Newburyport Marinas on the information her campaign supplied, then it was Newburyport Marinas who made the donation, right?

Not necessarily, but ...

Even if it was by a person, they obviously screwed up in the reporting and haven't got a clue about campaign finance law.


Bubba said...

Of course, normally the campaign finance reports include listing the employer of the contributor. It's my understanding that the Heartquists own a boat - perhaps they have a friend who works at the marina where they keep it ?

Nah, I'm sure it's all a big conspiracy.

Gillian Swart said...

Did not say it was a conspiracy, Bubba. I have been gone all day and have not had a chance to study this myself, but I did get an email from another candidate with this information:

The $100.00 must show the name of the person that it came from.

If it doesn't, and is a business and not a personal check then it is not a "keepah."

Only at $200.00 and above do you need to show the employer that the identified donor works for. Below that to $50.00 is name only.

So if this person gave $100.00, their name should be clearly noted; and not their company or employer.

Anonymous said...

hello all, the law is simple no corporation checks can be used to candidates, small companies that are not incorporated can use business checks. Key is: Corporations cannot donate directly to any candidate