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The Insatiable Political Money Appetite

Some years ago a friend’s relative ran for political office.  The friend sheepishly asked if we might make a contribution to the campaign.  I didn’t know the relative, but we wanted to be supportive, so we kicked in a modest sum.  340 more words


Outrageous Attack on Political Spending Disclosure Proposal at Disney

It is not just the name of the group objecting to disclosure of political spending that is oxymoronic; it is the vocabulary they use in trying to explain that a proposal to require disclosure of political spending is somehow contrary to notions of free speech instead of the only way to preserve it. 257 more words

Payday lenders spend $8 million, get bills they want in Florida

More than $8 million in Florida political contributions and lobbying spending from payday lenders since 2007 has set the stage for bills the industry wants to pass as the legislative session enters its final week, a… 405 more words


Ethics Code chatter masks real problem: Political Contributions

[A version of this post is published at The Public – click here – beneath the headline:  “On the Ethics Code, It’s not the Sabres tickets, Folks…” 2,439 more words

Buffalo News

"We only have what we give"*...

There’s a great deal of concern over whether or not the new tax bill will decrease charitable giving in the U.S.; as noted below, it’s painfully well grounded.  896 more words

Devolution by design - Elmwood's tattered urban fabric

UPDATE Dec. 30, 2017:  When I originally posted this piece on 12/27, destruction of a dozen century-old buildings was still in progress at the southeast corner of Elmwood and Forest avenues.  252 more words

Green Code

Last-Minute gift idea for politicians, developers and contractors

Still trying to figure out what to give the equivocating elected official, demanding developer, or recently-indicted construction company executive on your holiday list? Perhaps a newly created board game, “ 326 more words