This weekend Sierra Foothills Report wrote three stories about the latest campaign finance reports for local elections, gleaned from reading the reports on the weekend. We shared them on Facebook, where they received dozens of “likes” and interesting, signed comments:
- “Tea party-influenced PAC gives $1,500 to campaign banning local outdoor marijuana grows” is here.
2. “Here comes Heidi! Duane’s crew better open wallets wider, finance reports show” is here.
3. “Dueling campaign signs in Nevada City” is here.
On Sunday night, YubaNet weighed in with a comprehensive version, “Campaign finance reports reveal connections in local politics.” It is here. YubaNet made many of the same observations, identifying contributions (cash or “in-kind”) to Measure W and candidate Duane Strawser from the “Americans for Good Government PAC.” It also noted the PAC “was formed in 2014, by members of the local Tea Party.”
But this morning’s issue of The Union has nothing about the campaign finance reports. Not a word. This election season the reports are online via “e-filings.” Why isn’t The Union informing its readers about the local contributions?
Instead, the newspaper published a self-serving ad on Page A7 seeking to boost political ad sales from a newspaper trade group (see below). It reads: “Elections are a local business. Newspapers are a local business. How can local candidates connect with their voters and contributors? By advertising in local newspapers, in print and online.”