Thursday, March 06, 2008

Bigus gave money to Boback

I was searching through the PA Campaign Finance Reports for the candidates in the Pennsyvania 117th District State Represenative race and I spotted this interesting contribution to incumbent Republican freshman Karen Boback.


RUSSELL P. & MELANIE A. BIGUS DALLAS, PA 18612
9/6/2007
$175.00


Bigus was a candidate in the 2006 Republican State Senate primary coming in 4th with 13% of the vote. Not bad for a first time candidate without the money or the name recognition of his opponents. Recently he became a Democrat after quiting his day job and is looking to take on the winner of the Republican primary between Boback and James May. Bigus doesn't have a campaign website set up yet and I don't have his email address to ask his version of events. I know you read the blog Russ, please contact me. Silence is deadly.

There are more interesting tidbits in these reports about the race. I'm also looking at the 118th District contest.


James May sent me this :

James May Leads Karen Boback in Campaign Cash

May is more than $18,000 ahead of Boback, whose campaign is in the red

The first campaign finance report of the primary season was recently published, showing that Republican James May has already raised significant funds in his bid to replace Karen Boback as State Representative in the 117th District. Often seen as a marker of early support, May’s campaign committee leads Boback’s in both cash balance and in bottom line figures after debts and obligations.

Boback reported $24,893 in her campaign coffers, while May reported $28,818. Of note, Boback’s committee holds a debt of more than $25,000, largely stemming from an earlier home equity loan she took out for her campaign. This debt leaves her committee $677 in the red. Although May and his wife made a personal loan of $11,201 to his committee, they carry no outside debt. May’s committee netted $17,617—an overall lead in excess of $18,000.

May cautions that an early lead does not necessarily predict success. “While I’m thrilled with the wide grassroots support I’m already seeing in this race, Rep. Boback has some heavy Harrisburg hitters supporting her, including the PSEA teachers’ union. They’re a powerful lobby that bankrolled her campaign with $9,200; they won’t sit idly by and watch,” says May.

May also notes that incumbency has aided Boback in getting her message out. “I have personally gotten multiple high-gloss full-color flyers mailed to my house from Rep. Boback’s office. These mailers, paid for with taxpayer dollars, give Rep. Boback a distinct advantage. It’s a system I certainly would like to reform if I am elected,” May notes.

Boback and May will face off in the April 22 GOP Primary. The winner will take on Democrat Russ Bigus, whose committee was not activated before the reporting deadline and did not file a report.

Online copies of the reports are available at http://www.campaignfinance.state.pa.us.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

I got one of Boback's nifty flyers, too. It's a shame...I didn't want it, but I paid for it (with my taxes). Talk about waste and abuse. I like May's take on this one.

Anonymous said...

That looks like 2 crooks that have come forward using taxpayer dollars. If these flyers are high gloss Boback is certainly wasting more of the taxpayer's dollars than Mike Carroll is in 118.

We should be hoping for both freshman representatives to get overturned this primary season.

Anonymous said...

Don't fear, Flack and Sordoni will come to Karen's aid she will have plenty of cash to burn.

Anonymous said...

I have gotten 8 mailers from Boback since August. The latest one invited me to come to one of her expos for a "mini-massage" and to meet one of Vince Sweeney's puppy dogs! (as Rush says, "I'm not making this stuff up").

Ever wonder why our taxes are so high?

Anonymous said...

rusty, hal, and aj always bet heavy on winners because they have special needs and leashes aren't hard to find. Isn't that right lisa?

Please give generously to bigus so we can keep him in the race. karen will really appreciate it I'm sure!

Anonymous said...

Can anyone find Elizabeth Sichler's e-mail address?

joe said...

Sounds like more of the same old thing in Luzerne County.

siperko said...

Fed-up? Vote Democrat.

Anonymous said...

I hope someone is looking for sichler's e-mail 4 me. I really need to send her a polite message.

smitty said...

Hooray for the silliness in LuzCo!

Anonymous said...

1. I missed it the first time I read it, but the date on Bigus' donation was just a few months ago...September 2007. Bigus is an opportunist.

2.If you want to send an e-mail to Sichler, you can always send it to Boback...repboback@karenboback.com...Sichler now works for Boback

3. The "special needs and leashes" comment above - no clue what you are talking about.

4. I got a tax-payer funded invitation to get a massage and play with a puppy as well. This is totally unethical and wrong - an abuse of money. Karen, use your PSEA money to pay for this garbage.

THIS NEEDS TO BE MADE PUBLIC, BEYOND THE BLOGOSPHERE!

Call Sue Henry, write letters to the editor, get the message out.

Gort said...

A request. Will someone scan this puppy and massage mailer and send it to me.

gort42@yahoo.com

D.B. Echo said...

I want a puppy! And a massage!

Gort said...

DB,

I massage my puppy everyday.

Wait a minute, that sounds perverted. I meant I pet my dog and Humphrey always enjoys a belly rub.

Anonymous said...

Boback posted her flyer on her website as well. I guess she has no shame.
http://karenboback.net/uploads/BOBACK_NL-1-31-08.pdf

I agree, this needs to make public. By the way, if she just sent this out, doesn't that violoate some kind of embargo for mailers in the primary season?

Anonymous said...

3. Special needs and leashes. The obnoxious flack and blue blood sordoni crowd have special needs called me first and the public need, last. They have special pols who come running promptly. When you own one of these prize possessions, like our indentured servant senator, you keep them on a leash so they don't stray.

Anonymous said...

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So when too much wealth accumulates at the top, the middle class slip further into debt and the lower class further into poverty. A similar rule applies worldwide. The world’s richest 1% now own over 40% of ALL WORLD WEALTH. This is EVEN AFTER you account for all of this ‘good will’ ‘humanitarian’ BS from celebrities and executives. ITS A SHAM. As they get richer and richer, less wealth is left circulating beneath them. This is the single greatest underlying cause for the current US recession. The middle class can no longer afford to sustain their share of the economy. Their wealth has been gradually transfered to the richest 1%. One way or another, we suffer because of their incredible greed. We are talking about TRILLIONS of dollars. Transfered FROM US TO THEM. Over a period of about 27 years. Thats Reaganomics for you. The wealth does not ‘trickle down’ as we were told it would. It just accumulates at the top. Shrinking the middle class and expanding the lower class. Causing a domino effect of socio-economic problems. But the rich will never stop. They will never settle for a reasonable share of ANYTHING. They will do whatever it takes to get even richer. Leaving even less of the pie for the other 99% of us to share. At the same time, they throw back a few tax deductable crumbs and call themselves ‘humanitarians’. Cashing in on the PR and getting even richer the following year. IT CAN’T WORK THIS WAY. Their bogus efforts to make the world a better place can not possibly succeed. Any 'humanitarian' progress made in one area will be lost in another. EVERY SINGLE TIME. IT ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT WORK THIS WAY. This is going to end just like a game of Monopoly. The current US recession will drag on for years and lead into the worst US depression of all time. The richest 1% will live like royalty while the rest of us fight over jobs, food, and gasoline. Crime, poverty, and suicide will skyrocket. So don’t fall for all of this PR CRAP from Hollywood, Pro Sports, and Wall Street PIGS. ITS A SHAM. Remember: They are filthy rich EVEN AFTER their tax deductable contributions. Greedy pigs. Now, we are headed for the worst economic and cultural crisis of all time. SEND A “THANK YOU” NOTE TO YOUR FAVORITE MILLIONAIRE. ITS THEIR FAULT. I’m not discounting other factors like China, sub-prime, or gas prices. But all of those factors combined still pale in comparison to that HUGE transfer of wealth to the rich. Anyway, those other factors are all related and further aggrivated because of GREED. If it weren’t for the OBSCENE distribution of wealth within our country, there never would have been such a market for sub-prime to begin with. Which by the way, was another trick whipped up by greedy bankers and executives. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. The credit industry has been ENDORSED by people like Oprah, Ellen, Dr Phil, and many other celebrities. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. Now, there are commercial ties between nearly every industry and every public figure. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. So don’t fall for their ‘good will’ BS. ITS A LIE. If you fall for it, then you’re a fool. If you see any real difference between the moral character of a celebrity, politician, attorney, or executive, then you’re a fool. WAKE UP PEOPLE. ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. The 1% club will always say or do whatever it takes to get as rich as possible. Without the slightest regard for anything or anyone but themselves. Reaganomics. Their idea. Loans from China. Their idea. NAFTA. Their idea. Outsourcing. Their idea. Sub-prime. Their idea. The commercial lobbyist. Their idea. The multi-million dollar lawsuit. Their idea. $200 cell phone bills. Their idea. $200 basketball shoes. Their idea. $30 late fees. Their idea. $30 NSF fees. Their idea. $20 DVDs. Their idea. Subliminal advertising. Their idea. Brainwash plots on TV. Their idea. Prozac, Zanex, Vioxx, and Celebrex. Their idea. The MASSIVE campaign to turn every American into a brainwashed, credit card, pharmaceutical, love-sick, couch potatoe, celebrity junkie. Their idea. All of the above shrink the middle class, concentrate the world’s wealth and resources, and wreak havok on society. All of which have been CREATED AND ENDORSED by celebrities, athletes, executives, entrepreneurs, attorneys, and politicians. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. So don’t fall for any of their ‘good will’ ‘humanitarian’ BS. ITS A SHAM. NOTHING BUT TAX DEDUCTABLE PR CRAP. Bottom line: The richest 1% will soon tank the largest economy in the world. It will be like nothing we’ve ever seen before. and thats just the beginning. Greed will eventually tank every major economy in the world. Causing millions to suffer and die. Oprah, Angelina, Brad, Bono, and Bill are not part of the solution. They are part of the problem. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE HUMANITARIAN. EXTREME WEALTH HAS MADE WORLD PROSPERITY ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE. WITHOUT WORLD PROSPERITY, THERE WILL NEVER BE WORLD PEACE OR ANYTHING EVEN CLOSE. GREED KILLS. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL. Of course, the rich will throw a fit and call me a madman. Of course, their ignorant fans will do the same. You have to expect that. But I speak the truth. If you don’t believe me, then copy this entry and run it by any professor of economics or socio-economics. Then tell a friend. Call the local radio station. Re-post this entry or put it in your own words. Be one of the first to predict the worst economic and cultural crisis of all time and explain its cause. WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE.

Zen said...

anon 1:41, wow, I haven't read anything like that since Marx.
Robin Hood Economics have failed in every society that has tried it. The richest 1% are not responsible for your misery, you are.

D.B. Echo said...

zen, I don't think anon 1:41 can hear you. A Google search of the phrase "Even that filthy pig Oprah acknowledged" shows that this same comment has been posted on 362 sites...so far.

Zen said...

I really responded to the message not the author. People who believe in socialism and redistribution of wealth and assets need to realize how far from the American Dream they have strayed. As Americans, we all have an equal chance at success. If you haven't found that success, it's nobody's fault but your own!!

Anonymous said...

Listen to this nut case posting above. Karl Marx is alive and well!!

Anonymous said...

Let's not stray from our anger over the mailer...... Let's turn up the heat on Boback.

Anonymous said...

Hi Who wants Liz Sichler's email address. I know her well