Councilmembers Hire Kinfolk
To 'Work' in Their Campaigns
Six New Reports on Slushwater
The scandal over misuse of public funds by politicians continues to grow.
On page A1 of today's Times, jumping to most of page B6, you will find a major article: IN COUNCIL CAMPAIGNS, RELATIVES ON THE PAYROLL. If the Times were a tabloid, this story would be at the top of page one, in the wood. It was reported by Ray Rivera, Russ Buettner and William K. Rashbaum. It is the most exhaustive study of the Council Members' hiring practices for their campaigns that has ever appeared. This is a refreshing instance of (MSM) mainstream media using its resources to dig up information on a valuable issue of public integrity.
The 1481-word Times story describes over a dozen cases where Councilmembers hired relatives to work in their campaigns, rented space in their homes for their offices, or engaged in other acts of self-dealing. In some cases, the Councilmember was headed for an overwhelming victory in a sham campaign, so the expenditures were primarily a vehicle to receive public funds for personal gain.