HOW MUCH WILL $10,500 BUY IN CEDAR RAPIDS CITY HALL?

10-17-15

Greetings, Gazette Editorial Board, Reporter Rick Smith and Alló

When you reported the 3 incumbent Cedar Rapids council members seeking re-election, you did not report how much any received, or were influenced by, their campaign donors, even though you ought to know by inspection that it wasnít zero.  If that was the case, donors wouldnít donate, donít you agree? 

If it doesnít affect their donors, it probably doesnít matter so much to incumbents.  Thatís why leadership, management, integrity, streets, taxes, flood control and violence need more attention in Cedar Rapids.  

So here again, the Gazette left a huge information void Iowalive net workers have stepped up to fill, with the following table, as an example.  They are much more than courtesy gifts.  Can you guess what donors might expect in return??  Do you need someone to connect the dots for you?  Are donors expecting the candidate to look out for the regular folks? 

How much access etc. will $10,500 buy in Cedar Rapids City Hall?  Iowalive estimates it to be at least 45% of this council personís influence.   Anyone claiming to have a better number is asked to provide it for readers to decide which to believe. 

CEDAR  RAPIDS VOTERS HAVE ANOTHER CANDIDATE CHOICE

TOTAL DONATIONS ARE ESTIMATED TO INCREASE AT LEAST 20% FOR THE 2015 ELECTION

IT PAYS FOR SOME TO SIT ON THE CEDAR RAPIDS CITY COUNCIL

Scott Olson  District 4

 Campaign Donors in 2011 (IECD)

Roger and Mary Baker  $500

Ron and Linda Godwin  $200

Virginia Abney  $300

Frederick Timko  $250

James Craig  $200

David and Vicki Drown  $500

Erick and Marilyn Skogman  $500

Carleen Grandon  $250

Lawrence and Kimberly Kudej $250

Perry and Carol Beaton  $1000

James and Monica Piersall  $250

Drew Skogman $200

Nicole and Christopher Skogman $250

BJ and Kimberly Trickey  $200

Robert Kazimour  $200

Kyle and Susan Skogman  $300

Douglas and Sharon Laird  $250

Clark and Mary McLeod  $200

Paul D II and Jane  Pate  $200

Jon and Diane Ree  $200

Cedar Rapids Building Trades  $500

Guy and Theresa Wendler  $200

James Lamb  $250

John M Smith  $200

Home Builders Assn of Greater CR  $250

Iowa Realtors PAC  $500

Douglas R Kohoutek  $200

Hawkeye Labor Council AFL-CIO  $1000

Linn Area BizPac  $250

Master Builders of Iowa P.A.C.   $200

United Union of Roofer Pol Ed and Leg Fund of Iowa  $500

TOTAL  $10,500

Sincerely,

Iowalive     A growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa