Council's vote today could mark start of statewide campaign finance reform: "House and Senate candidates spent $57.1 million during the 2006 election cycle."Folks like Michael Diven and Wayne Fontana each have big chunks of that money. And that money came, mostly from gambling interests.
In the city, the last big flow of money came from Mon Valley Expressway land speculators. They were able to buy off Mayor Tom Murphy and City Council President Bob O'Connor.
When the "big boys" burn campaign money -- just like they do the public purse (and squander the public trust) -- I don't mind. But I do get yanked off at the reporting of those funds in such slanted ways.
For example, Jon Delano always makes a big, harry deal about the money in the war chests of the candidates. Go figure. This is because KDKA, Delano's employer, gets the lion's share of the money that candidate's over-spend. Local media elites won't cover the true story of the campaigns and the issues. They are not worthy of being called real journalists, generally. They are driven by the advertising money.