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No money for controller candidates

The PG is reporting in its Early Returns political blog that word on the street is suggesting a shortage of campaign donations for the candidates for city controller. This is supposedly due in large part to donors being tapped out from last year's state races and partly because Luke is scooping up what's left.

Obviously, the candidates with the most cash in their respective coffer would be the favorite to win the seat. It appears that Mike Dawida is struggling, having received only one single donation, and will have an especially hard time raising the cash needed to fund a campaign. The Doug Shields and Michael Lamb campaigns were both better funded than Dawida. It is also interesting to note that Lamb's largest donor was Dawida-buddy, Robert Lewis of Orbital Engineering.
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At 5:32 PM, Blogger Mark Rauterkus said...

Plenty can be done without money. Money isn't the only factor in politics.

It might be nice to put lipstick on a pig -- but we really need to see some creativity from these would-be controllers.

At 7:38 PM, Blogger PittsburghJack said...

Rauterkaus said: "Plenty can be done without money. Money isn't the only factor in politics."

True - money isn't the only factor in politics, but it's the most important determinant in running a campaign to win. Without a well-funded campaign, how is one to compete against those squandering money by buying media and support?

Analyzing a candidate's contributions also is a pretty accurate gauge in measuring support of said candidate.

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark you should be the poster boy for a campaign that isn't well funded. You run for everything, don't raise any money and lose to candidates who had a HUGE amount of cash compared to yours. And you wonder why you don't win?

At 9:08 PM, Blogger Mark Rauterkus said...

I don't wonder why I don't win. You might worry enough for the rest of us, but I don't.

And, I don't have second thoughts about how much money I invest in a campaign.

My family, friends and associates give plenty -- but realistic expectations are always understood here.

Being prudent is valued by some.

My being in the city council race kept the race affordable. They didn't raise huge amounts of money, because I was there.

You know, there are some things money can't buy.

Thanks for the poster boy mention!

Ask this. Who would spend $1-million to get a job that lasts 2 years and pays $90k? Then go to a press event to give college scholarships to graduates of schools -- where $10k is generated from an organization (union) that has 4,000 members.

Somethings in life doesn't add up. Those things are best left for the others, not me.

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