If you weren’t concerned about the burgeoning swamp that is the so-called “campaign finance system” in the U.S. before, here’s a figure that should interest you: $600,000.
Doesn’t sound like so much? Wait till you hear the context.
The $600,000 is the campaign spending estimate we heard about for the aldermanic race between incumbent John Pope and challenger Susan Sadlowski Garza, daughter of famed Steelworkers local leader Ed Sadlowski, in Chicago’s 10th ward, on the far Southeast Side. After last week’s runoff, Garza leads by 30 votes, out of 12,000 cast, pending a recount.
$600,000 still doesn’t sound like a lot? You haven’t been on the Southeast Side lately.More ...