Saturday, April 23, 2011
CAMPAIGN FINANCE: KATHY CATAZARO-PERRY - WHO SUPPORTS HER?
In the race for mayor of Massillon an interesting sidelight issue is: who among the candidates represents the interests of everyday people best?
Actually, it could be Republican Lee Brunckman. He is a Stark Area Transportation Authority (SARTA) driver who has had to miss a number of campaign events because he doing what? Out doing his job: driving a bus over the roadways of Stark County. Can't get more everyday than that. But, then, why does he bill himself as a Republican who many people think are anything but working for the financial interests of everyday people?
Democrat Kathy Catazaro-Perry has tried to position herself as the working class candidate. But when one looks at her pre-primary campaign finance report it is really hard to garner from the list of contributors that everydays are the bulk of her contributors. Unions have a significant place among her financial supporters and undoubtedly are providing a huge part of her "on-the-ground" door-to-door campaign workers.
The SCPR's impression of Catazaro-Perry (which is substantiated by the identity of many of her contributors - see the list below) is that she is about as well of a politically connected person as one can get in Stark County politics. Granted, she does espouse union positions (for Project Labor Agreements [PLAs) and is against Senate Bill 5), her campaign finance report suggests that he has at least one foot planted firmly in the camps of the pooh-bahs who control the Stark County establishment.
In this regard, this only thing little about the Catazaro-Perry list is the amount - per contribution - of most of the contributions. Mostly, they are under the $100 mark with only a few over $100 and $500 being the top contributions. But one should not be fooled by this phenomenon. In the opinion of the SCPR, Kathy Catazaro-Perry is a player in the very top strata of Stark political, economic and social stratosphere!
Here is here list of contributors: